January 30, 2011
Big second half leads UNC to 76-51 victory
Fenyn tallies 11 points
Virginia Tech (9-12, 0-7 ACC) 312051
(15) North Carolina (19-3, 5-2 ACC) 393776
  • Carmichael Arena, Chapel Hill - 3,854
  • High Points: 11 - Alyssa Fenyn
  • High Rebounds: 5 - Brittni Montgomery, Brittany Gordon, Shanel Harrison

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Virginia Tech played a spirted first half, but could not overcome a big run by North Carolina after intermission and fell, 76-51, to the 15th-ranked Tar Heels Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena on the University of North Carolina campus. Tech fell to 9-12 overall and 0-7 in the ACC with its’ eighth consecutive loss, while North Carolina improved to 19-3 on the year and 5-2 in the league.

North Carolina opened up an early 23-12 lead midway through the opening half only to see Tech put together an impressive 14-7 run to pull within four (30-26) with 4:42 remaining before intermission. Nikki Davis (Sr., Lexington, Ken.) keyed the run with five points, including a trey, while Shanel Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C.) added four points. Aerial Wilson (So., Cocoa, Fla.) also hit a shot from behind the arc during the run.

After an exchange of free throws, the Tar Heels closed the half by outscoring the Hokies, 8-4, to build a 39-31 lead at the break.

UNC opened the second half with an 9-1 spurt to gain control of the contest at 48-32 just prior to the first media time out. Tech managed to slice the lead to 61-47 with just under eight minutes remaining, before the Tar Heels ended all doubt with a 13-0 run to build its’ largest lead, 74-47, and went on to the win.

Alyssa Fenyn (So., Newark, N.Y.) was the only Hokie in double figures with 11 points, while Davis and and Harrison followed nine and eight points, respectively.

Italee Lucas led four Tar Heels in double figures with a game-high 19 points. Laura Broomfield and Cetera DeGraffenreid added 14 points each and Waltiea Rolle chipped in 11 points. Rolle and Broomfield each recorded double-doubles adding 11 and 10 boards, respectively. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt also had 10 boards in the win.

UNC won the battle of the boards, 49-32, and had 21 second chance points. The Tar Heels also converted 17 Hokie turnovers into 22 points. Tech forced UNC into 20 turnovers, however the Hokies were able to covert the miscues into only 10 points.

Tech will return to action on Thurs., Feb. 3, when the Hokies travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for a 7 p.m. contest against Boston College.

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