December 5, 2010
Hokies outlast Winthrop 53-48
Evans and Harrison scored 11 each in the win
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Winthrop (2-5) 173148
Virginia Tech (5-3) 193453
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 1,771
  • High Points: 11 - Nia Evans, Shanel Harrison
  • High Rebounds: 9 - Taylor Ayers, Shanel Harrison

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech used an 11-0 run late in the second half to pull away from Winthrop and knock off the Eagles 53-48 in a non-conference game played Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

With the win, Tech snapped a three-game losing skid and improved to 5-3 on the season. Winthrop, a member of the Big South, fell to 2-5 overall.

Winthrop led 37-36 following a free throw by Dee Gray with 9:14 left in the game. But Nia Evans’ free throw tied the game at the 7:33 mark and started the Hokies’ 11-0 run. Tech’s defense forced six Winthrop turnovers in that span, and held the Eagles scoreless for more than six minutes Evans gave the Hokies their largest lead of the game, 47-37, with a bucket with 32.8 seconds left to finish the run.

The Eagles cut that lead to five on two occasions, the last coming on two free throws by Dequesha McClanahan with 13.8 seconds to go that made the score 51-46. But Nikki Davis hit two free throws for Tech with 10.8 seconds left to put the game out of reach.

“It’s frustrating that we’ve got to get our backs against the wall before we play hard,” Tech coach Beth Dunkenberger said. “We got down against Minnesota and then we played hard. We looked like a different team. We wait until the last eight minutes before we play hard. We’ve got to find a way to play with that intensity for 40 minutes. When we do that, we’ll be a much better team.”

Evans, a freshman from Decatur, Ga., scored 11 points, hitting 5-of-9 from the floor and grabbing seven rebounds. She and Monet Tellier, who hit 3-of-4 from the floor were the only two Tech players to shoot better than 50 percent, as the Hokies shot just 35 percent for the game.

Shanel Harrison, back after missing the Minnesota game with a head injury, also scored 11 points and finished with a game-high nine rebounds. Tech out-rebounded Winthrop 45-29.

The Hokies also forced 22 Winthrop turnovers and held the Eagles to 34.8 percent shooting from the floor.

McClanahan led the Eagles with 18 points, hitting 6-of-12 from the floor, including both of her 3-point attempts.

The Hokies continue their non-conference slate on Dec. 11 when they take on Robert Morris at Cassell Coliseum. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.

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