November 16, 2011
Hokies force overtime, but fall to 49ers
By Marc Mullen
Charlotte (3-0) 25341271
Virginia Tech (1-1) 2633665
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 2,027
  • High Points: 18 - Aerial Wilson
  • High Rebounds: 9 - Alyssa Fenyn

BLACKSBURG, Va.Alyssa Fenyn’s baseline jumper just before the buzzer sounded at the end of the second half was good and tied the non-conference game with Charlotte at 59 and forced overtime. However, the 49ers outscored Virginia Tech 12-6 in the extra session to post a 71-65 victory Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

The win improved the 49ers to 3-0, while the Hokies dropped to 1-1.

“I thought the kids played very hard,” head coach Dennis Wolff said. “I was disappointed in our execution throughout the game.

“I think the emotions of a first home game, with families and everything else, we didn’t handle all of that in terms of our concentration in the way we did Friday. So, we didn’t execute on offense the way we needed to do against a good team.”

Trailing for most of the contest, the 49ers used a late 10-0 run to stake a six-point lead with three minutes left. Epiphany Woodson scored six of her game-high tying 21 points in the run and all but five of those came after the halftime break.

Tech answered back with a Fenyn 3-point basket and after Amanda Dowe converted just two of four foul shots on back-to-back Charlotte possessions, it left the door open for the Hokies to make a comeback.

With 25 seconds left, they were still down four and Aerial Wilson scored on a driving lay-up to bring the Hokies to within a basket with 11 ticks on the clock. Wilson finished her night with a team-high 18 points to go with a game-high seven assists.

“I was just trying to play hard and do everything Coach Wolff asks,” said Wilson of her night.

Charlotte would turn the ball over on its possession as Woodson fell out of bounds as she was trapped on the sideline. Wilson would miss on a drive to the basket but the Hokies retained possession as the ball went out of bounds off Charlotte.

Wilson found Fenyn on Tech’s in-bounds pass and she hit the jumper and 00.1 showed on the clock. It gave her 11 points for the game – all in the second half.

“We ran a play and it kind of broke down and Alyssa made a good shot. No, we never talked about going for three,” Wolff said about the final possession. “The fatigue and emotion of that … we came out of the overtime and were overly fatigued.”

Woodson scored six points in an 8-2 run to open the overtime period and Jai Forney, who also had 21 points for Charlotte, iced the game with two free throws, as she made 10-of-12 in the contest. The 49ers hit 29-of-39 as a team opposed to the Hokies’ 15-of-19.

“(Charlotte) is a little bit bigger, so they were getting some offensive rebounds,” Wolff said. “I think we need to play defense without fouling. I think too often we had a pretty good possession defensively, for a good portion of the shot clock, then fouled at the end of it.”

Fenyn added a team-high nine rebounds and three steals to her totals, while Latorri Hines-Allen (10 points, seven rebounds) and Monet Tellier (10 points) also scored in double figures.

Tech returns to action on Saturday, taking on another Atlantic 10 Conference-opponent in George Washington with a 2 p.m. tip in Washington, D.C.

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