WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team connected on 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the final seconds to secure a 55-48 win over George Washington on Saturday afternoon at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.
“I am very proud of the girls coming off a tough home loss and a short turnaround,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “We were sluggish offensively but fought through the game defensively.”
Leading a balanced attack by the Hokies (2-1) was Alyssa Fenyn with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Porschia Hadley added 10 points for the Hokies while Brittni Montgomery added nine points. Monet Tellier dished out seven assists.
GWU (1-2) was led by Danni Jackson with 14 points. Chelisa Painter added 10 points. Brooke Wilson, Sara Mostafa and Megan Nipe each had five reounds.
Both teams got off to a slow start, with the two teams tied at 10 midway through the opening half. GWU broke open the scoring to take a four point, 16-12 lead at the 6:36 mark. Tech tied it up again at 19 with just under two minutes to play, but the Colonials took a 23-19 advantage into the break.
Coming out of the break, the Colonials went on a 7-2 run, to take a quick 30-23 lead. The Hokies cut the margin down to four, but GWU again went ahead by seven (33-26) with 13:17 on the clock. Tech responded, outscoring GWU, 9-2 over the next three minutes to tie the game at 35.
In the next minutes, the Colonials reclaimed the lead, but would go up by no more than three as the Hokies took the lead for good at the 5:05 mark off a layup from Taylor Ayers. GWU threatened late, closing the gap to 47-46 with 2:23 remaining in the game, but free throws from Aerial Wilson, Tellier, Hadley and Fenyn in the final 26 seconds secured the win for the Hokies.
The Hokies held a 38-31 rebounding advantage, scoring 13 second chance points to GWU’s eight. Both teams struggled from the field with the Hokies shooting 41.9 percent (18-of-43) while the Colonials connected on 36.7 percent (18-of-49). Tech hit 63.3 percent (19-of-30) from the free throw line to GWU’s 42.3 percent (11-of-26).
Tech will be back on the court on Monday, Nov. 21 when the Hokies host William & Mary. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.
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