December 2, 2010
Hokies drop ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Minnesota, 63-58
Aerial Wilson leads Tech with career-high 14 points
Virginia Tech (4-3) 243458
Minnesota (5-3) 303363
  • Williams Arena (Minneapolis, Minn.) - 2,709
  • High Points: 14 - Aerial Wilson
  • High Rebounds: 10 - Brittni Montgomery

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Virginia Tech’s furious comeback came up just short as the Hokies fell, 63-58, Thursday night at Williams Arena in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Minnesota improved to 5-3 on the year, while Tech fell to 4-3 with its third consecutive loss.

Tech was led by Aerial Wilson (So., Cocoa, Fla.) with a career-high 14 points, followed by Alyssa Fenyn (So., Newark, N.Y.) with 12 points. Freshman Brittni Montgomery (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Hokies. Minnesota’s Kiara Buford led all scorers with 27 points.

The Hokies trailed 59-49 with 4:26 remaining the contest, before putting together a 9-2 run to draw within three after Nikki Davis (Sr., Lexington, Ken.) made one of two free throws. Minnesota collected the rebound after Davis missed the second charity toss with 20 seconds left and called a time-out. After trying to come up with a steal, Tech was forced to foul and Buford nailed both ends of the bonus to seal the win for the Golden Gophers.

Tech, playing without leading scorer Shanel Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C.) who suffered head injury against Florida Gulf Coast in the Caribbean Challenge last week, struggled out of the gate and trailed 23-6 with just under seven minutes left in the first half.

However, the Hokies switched to a zone defense which stymied the Minnesota offense and got back in the game with an 18-6 run the rest of half to trail, 30-24. The Tech bench was key in the run led by Wilson’s eight points and five points from Elizabeth Basham (Sr., Abingdon, Va.).

Tech, which gave up a combined 25 treys while hitting only five in the Caribbean Challenge, connected on five from beyond the arc while limiting Minnesota to four. Basham connected on a career-best two treys while Davis, Wilson and Monet Tellier (Fr., Charlotte, N.C.) hit one each. The Tech bench outscored the Minnesota reserves, 33-22.

The Hokies return home on Sunday at 2 p.m., to host Winthrop in Cassell Coliseum.

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