November 18, 2010
Late surge leads Tech to 73-66 victory over Elon
Fenyn ties career high with 15 points
Elon (2-1) 333366
Virginia Tech (3-0) 304373
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 2,037
  • High Points: 16 - Shanel Harrison
  • High Rebounds: 9 - Taylor Ayers

BLACKSBURG, Va. – A late second half surge lifted the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team to a 73-66 victory over the Elon Phoenix on Thursday night in Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies improved to 3-0 on the year while the Phoenix fell to 2-1.

Shanel Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C.) led Tech with 16 points followed by Alyssa Fenyn (So., Newark, N.J.) with a career-high tying 15 points. Nikki Davis (Sr., Lexington, Ken.) chipped in with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Taylor Ayers (So., Augusta, Ga.) collected a career-high nine rebounds to lead the Hokies on the glass.

After a tight first half which saw the visitors take a 33-30 lead at intermission, the second frame proved to more of the same.

Elon’s Tiara Gause dropped in two free throws to knot the game at 59-59 with just under three minutes to play. Tech started a decisive 9-1 run on a Harrison free throw then extended the lead on two Nia Evans (Fr., Decatur, Ga.) layups.

Elon’s sharpshooter Ali Ford, who led all scorers with 22 points, made one-of-two free throws to pull the Phoenix within 64-60. The point was answered when Harrison sunk a jumper from inside the foul line and then went two-for-two from the charity stripe after being fouled on the next possession.

Following a trey from Elon’s Shon Redmond with 31 ticks left, Harrison put the game away with two free throws and the Hokies went on the victory

Though Elon dominated the boards in the first half, doubling the 30-15, Tech responded in the second half to hold a 33-22 rebound advantage. Tech forced Elon into 20 turnovers marking the third consecutive game that a Hokie opponent has had 20-plus in a game.

The Hokies will return to action Sunday, Nov. 21 as they host Virginia Commonwealth in a 2 p.m. contest.

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