November 14, 2010
Balanced scoring propels Hokies to 93-53 victory over Wofford
Early runs lift Tech to 2-0 start
Wofford (0-2) 223153
Virginia Tech (2-0) 444993
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 2,047
  • High Points: 11 - Monet Tellier
  • High Rebounds: 6 - Aerial Wilson

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team used two early runs and a balanced scoring attack in a 93-53 win over the Wofford Terriers Sunday afternoon in Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies had six players in double digits and were led by Monet Tellier’s 11 points, while Taylor Ayers (So. Augusta, Ga.) also contributed a career-high 10 points.

An impressive effort from Tech’s freshmen for the second-consecutive game helped the Hokies (2-0) jump out to a 10-0 lead. Starters Nia Evans (Fr., Decatur, Ga.) and Monet Tellier (Fr., Charlotte, N.C.) put up 13 of Tech’s first 15 points to open the game. After Wofford’s Williams sunk a three to get the Terriers (0-2) on the board, Tech responded with a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 19-3 and the Hokies never looked back.

“Both of these freshmen have competed at very high levels,” says head coach Beth Dunkenberger of her productive newcomers. “They bring speed and athletic ability to the team. They have come in with a lot of experience and they are physically ready to play.”

Midway through the first half, the Terriers were able to get their feet under them and run with the Hokies, but Tech kept a steady lead, going up by as much as 26 points on two different occasions.

The Terriers were troubled by Tech’s defensive pressure all afternoon, as the Hokies forced 25-plus turnovers for the second-straight game. Alyssa Fenyn (So., Newark, N.J.) led the charge, tallying a career-high five steals in the game, half of Tech’s total.

The Hokies took a comfortable, 44-22 lead into the intermission and began the second half much like the first. In the opening ten minutes of the second frame, Tech outscored Wofford 24-3 to end any doubt as to the outcome.

Aerial Wilson (So., Cocoa, Fla.) led the Hokies on the boards with a career-high six on the afternoon. Mahagony Williams paced the Terriers with 12 points and 11 rebounds while April Moorhouse also tallied a dozen points.

Every player on Tech’s bench saw playing time against the Terriers with all but two contributing to the highest point total the Hokies have put together since the 2007 season opener against High Point, a 103-64 victory.

“I like our balanced scoring, and obviously everybody got minutes,” Dunkenberger said. “I also like the point that we had 25 assists and shared the ball. Sometimes with a lead you can get more concern with the ‘me’ and not with the ‘we’, and that was not the case today.”

The Hokies will return to action Thursday, Nov. 18, to play host to Elon at 7 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum.

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