November 25, 2010
Florida Gulf Coast hands Tech first loss, 73-65
Eagles' 13 treys too much for Hokies
Virginia Tech (4-1) 353065
Florida Gulf Coast (3-0) 353873
  • Playa de Carmen, Mexico
  • High Points: 15 - Shanel Harrison
  • High Rebounds: 7 - Alyssa Fenyn, Porschia Hadley

PLAYA de CARMEN, MEXICO – Florida Gulf Coast nailed 13 three-point baskets and forced 23 turnovers to lead the Eagles to a 73-65 victory over Virginia Tech on the first day of the Caribbean Classic. The event is being played in the Soul Ballroom at the Aventura Spa and Cove Resort. Florida Gulf Coast improved to 3-0 while Tech fell to 4-1 on the year.

The contest started on a positive note as the Hokies jumped out to a 24-16 lead 11 minutes into the contest. The Eagles made a late run and caught the Hokies at 32-32 with :40 seconds left and a Eglah Griffin trey gave them a brief lead, but Alyssa Fenyn (So., Newark, N.Y.) canned a trey of her own just before the buzzer to send the teams to the locker room tied, 35-35.

The second half was tight and Tech took what would be its last lead at 53-52 on an Aerial Wilson (So., Cocoa, Florida) jumper at the nine-minute mark. From that point on, the Eagles utilized their long-range shooting touch to produce a 9-1 run fueled by three treys. The Hokies could get no closer than four points the rest of the way.

Shanel Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C) was the only Tech player in double figures with 15 points while Porschia Hadley (So., Montezuma, Ga.) pulled down a game-high seven boards. Florida Gulf Coast had three players in double figures led by Sarah Hansen’s 19 points followed by Kelsey Jacobson and Shannon Murphy with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

As expected, Tech dominated the boards against the smaller Eagles, 43-23, but were ourscored from behind the arc, 39-15. The 23 Tech turnovers led to 21 points, while Florida Gulf Coast suffered only 12 turnovers, by far the fewest by a Tech opponent. The Hokies had forced 20+ turnovers in their previous four games.

Entering the contest, the Eagles had attempted 56 shots from the behind the arc and set a record for three-point attempts by a Tech opponent with 34. FGC’s 13 made treys fell one shy for an opponent set by Connecticut’s 14 on Feb. 7, 2001, in Cassell Coliseum. The 48 combined three-point attempts tied a Tech record set at Maryland on Jan. 18, 2009.

The Hokies return to action on Friday at 7:30 p.m. eastern against No. 21 Iowa. Radio coverage will not be available for the contest, but the game can be heard for free on Hokies All-Access.

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