January 13, 2011
Tech drops 62-54 decision at Wake Forest
Harrison scores 16, Tellier records double-double
Virginia Tech (9-8, 0-3 ACC) 243054
Wake Forest (10-8, 1-1 ACC) 342862
  • Winston-Salem, NC - Joel Coliseum - 584
  • High Points: 16 - Shanel Harrison
  • High Rebounds: 10 - Monet Tellier

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Poor free throw shooting proved costly to Virginia Tech in a 62-54 loss Thursday night at Wake Forest. The Hokies connected on 13-of-27 free throws for the game and only 7-of-17 in the second half in the defeat. Tech is now 9-8 and 0-3 in the ACC with its fourth consecutive loss, while Wake Forest improved to 10-8 and 1-1 in the league.

The Hokies were led by Shanel Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C.) with 16 points, while Monet Tellier (Fr., Charlotte, N.C.) recorded her third career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Aerial Wilson (So., Cocoa, Fla.), in her first collegiate start, added nine points.

Sandra Garcia led Wake Forest with 17 points followed by Lakevia Boykin’s 12 points and 10 points from Brittany Waters.

Harrison hit a jumper only 16 seconds into the contest to give Tech a 2-0 advantage. Little did the Hokies know it was to be their only lead of the evening. With 8:29 remaining in the opening half, Tellier connected on two free throws to draw the Hokies within 21-17. The Demon Deacons put together a crucial 8-0 run to take command and eventually led 34-24 at the half.

Tech opened the second half on a 11-4 run to draw within 38-35, but Wake stopped the run on a Waters trey and later extended the lead to as much as 12 points. The Hokies made one final push late in the contest after a steal and lay up by Wilson cut the margin to 56-51 with 1:13 left in the game. Nikki Davis (Sr., Lexington, Ken.) stole the inbounds pass, but both Davis and Wilson missed jumpers on the possession and the Hokies were forced to foul.

Wake connected on two free throws by Brooke Thomas and following a Wilson miss, got a break-away lay up by Boykin to put the game out of reach at 60-51 and Wake went on to the victory,

Tech returns to action on Sunday at 2 p.m., hosting No. 3 Duke. The first 500 fans will receive free VT/Coke drawstring bags and AcroDunk will also perform at halftime. Clix Portrait Studios will be offering complimentary customized photos with the HokieBird to all children and other fans Photos will be taken before the game and at halftime at the VT Photo Booth located on the concourse at Section 14.

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