NORFOLK, Va. – Sophomore guard Monet Tellier posted 29 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team past Old Dominion, 77-65, on Friday in Norfolk, Va. in the season opener for both teams.
Tellier had 20 of her 29 points in the first half. She also added four assists and grabbed three steals for the Hokies (1-0). Junior guard Aerial Wilson posted a career-high 16 points while handing out four assists and picking up three steals. Alyssa Fenyn rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Hokies with 15 points and added four assists, three steals and a block. Nia Evans tied a career-high with three blocks and posted eight points.
The Monarchs (0-1) were led by Ashley Betz-White with 22 points. Tia Lewis added 18 points and pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds.
“I am very, very proud of the way the team played tonight,” said Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff. “With everything that has gone on with them having to accept a new coaching staff and trying to do some things that they haven’t been asked to do before they deserve a lot of credit. This is their win tonight.”
The two teams traded baskets in the opening minutes, with the Hokies taking an early six point lead. The Monarchs responded going up five, 27-22 with 10:44 on the clock. Tech answered with a 25-5 run, over the final 10 minutes to take a 47-32 advantage into the break.
Coming out of the intermission, the Monarchs went on a 12-4 run to cut Tech’s lead down to seven (51-44) with 14:16 on the clock. The Hokies came back with a run of their own, scoring seven unanswered to extend the lead back to 14.
Tech maintained a double-digit lead over the next several minutes, but ODU went on another run, closing the gap to seven (56-64) with just over four minutes remaining off a free throw from Tia Lewis. The Hokies answered on the next possession bringing the ball back down the court where Tellier found Fenyn in the corner for a three pointer, sparking a 7-2 Virginia Tech run that gave Tech a 73-58 lead with 1:36 remaining. ODU never got closer than 10 over the final minute as the Hokies held on for the win.
The Hokies shot 46 percent from the field (29-of-63) and connected on 58.3 percent from behind the arc (7-of-12). Tech notched 27 points off turnovers after forcing 19 Monarch turnovers. ODU held a 42-36 advantage on the boards.
Virginia Tech will host Charlotte on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the home opener for the Hokies. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum.
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