January 2, 2011
Charlotte edges Tech, 60-58
Harrison scores career-high 26 points
Virginia Tech (9-5) 233558
Charlotte (12-3) 303060
  • Halton Arena (Charlotte, N.C.) - 1,118
  • High Points: 26 - Shanel Harrison
  • High Rebounds: 10 - Monet Tellier

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Virginia Tech’s furious late-game comeback fell just short as the Hokies fell, 60-58, Sunday afternoon to Charlotte at Halton Arena. The loss snapped a four-game Tech winning streak and dropped the Hokies to 9-5 on the year, while the 49ers improved to 12-3.

Tech trailed, 56-44, with 4:40 remaining in the game before Shanel Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C) nailed a trey to start a 10-0 run. In fact, Harrison tallied eight points in the spurt as part of her career-high 26-point effort which included a career-best five, three-point baskets.

Epiphany Woodson hit one of two free throws to extend the lead to 57-54, but Alyssa Fenyn (So., Newark, N.Y.) countered with a lay-up at the 2:11 mark to bring Tech within one, 57-56. Both teams failed to score on the next three possessions, before Monet Tellier (Fr., Charlotte, N.C.) hit a running lay-up from the right side to give Tech its’ only lead of the half with 27 seconds left in the game.

Following a Charlotte timeout, the 49ers ran the clock down and Shannon McCallum buried a trey with 6.9 seconds remaining to give the home team a 60-58 lead. Out of the timeout, Tech rushed the ball up the floor, but Harrison’s 30-foot attempt missed as the final horn sounded.

The only other Tech player in double figures was Tellier who recorded the second double-double of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

McCallum led four Charlotte players in double figures with 12 points followed by Jai Forney and Woodson with 11 points, respectively. Jennifer Hailey tossed in 10 points with 10 boards for the 49ers.

Free throws proved to be a deciding factor in the game as Charlotte connected on 16-of-26, while the Hokies were 5-of-5 and did not attempt a charity toss in the second half. Tech suffered 26 turnovers which led to 26 Charlotte points. For the second consecutive game, Tech had a hot shooting second half connecting on 55.6 percent (15-27) after intermission.

The first half was tight and saw the Hokies lead, 21-18, with 6:26 remaining on a Tellier lay-up. However, that was to be Tech’s final field goal of the half as Charlotte put together a 12-2 run to lead, 30-23, at the break. The deficit marked the ninth time in 14 games that the Hokies have trailed at the half.

Tech will return to action on Thurs., Jan. 6, hosting Florida State in the ACC opener at 7 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum.

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