November 21, 2011
Tellier nets career high in loss to Tribe
By Marc Mullen
William & Mary (2-2) 413778
Virginia Tech (2-2) 243559
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 2,098
  • High Points: 31 - Monet Tellier
  • High Rebounds: 5 - Alyssa Fenyn, Porschia Hadley, Monet Tellier, Taylor Ayers

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Despite a career-high 31-point effort from Monet Tellier, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team dropped a 78-59 decision to the visiting William & Mary Tribe on Monday night in non-conference action at Cassell Coliseum.

Tellier’s output came on 13 of 22 shooting from the floor, which included a pair of 3-point baskets, and she was 2 of 4 from the foul line. She also added five rebounds, four assists and three steals to her totals.

With the loss, the Hokies fall to 2-2 overall, and 0-2 at home, while the win improved the Tribe’s overall mark to 2-2 as well.

“We weren’t ready from the beginning and that’s my fault,” head coach Dennis Wolff said. “We were running up hill the whole night. We showed energy in the beginning of the second half to try and get back in the game, but almost every time, we didn’t come up with a loose ball. We didn’t grab a rebound and it led to a basket.”

The Hokies were held scoreless for the game’s first 4:30 before an Aerial Wilson steal and fast-break lay-up by Tellier broke the drought. On the Tribe’s next possession, Tellier registered the steal and again scored on the other end to make it 11-4.

Tellier tallied eight of the first 11 points for Tech and when she notched her first three of the contest, with 5:23 left in the half, she had a game-high 13 – on 6 of 9 shooting. More importantly, the deficit was back to seven.

“Really, I just try to make the right play, and if it was me taking the shot that’s the right play, then I was going to take it,” Tellier said. “But 31 points, 41 points, it doesn’t really matter to me. All that matters to me is what my team does.”

William & Mary closed out the first half on a 9-2 run and took a 41-24 lead into the locker room. The Tribe increased its lead to 21 just three minutes into the second half.

“Right then, we put ourselves in position that the game could have gotten away from us,” Wolff said. “And we needed to settle them back down.”

Alyssa Fenyn then sparked the Hokies, as she bookended a 10-0 run for Tech – started with a three and finished with a fast-break lay-up – that pulled them to within 11 at 47-36 with 15:26 remaining in the game.

“We went into the half down 17 and we knew it was a big deficit to overcome, but I think we did a lot better job in the second half with the intensity,” Fenyn said.

Five minutes later, the Hokies cut the deficit back to single digits (59-50) after Tellier connected on her second 3-pointer of the evening. It was a six-point game after Tellier scored on a lay-up with 7:18 left in the contest.

“It seemed like every time we were getting close, they would hit a big three that sometimes even with great defense, they made a good shot,” Fenyn said.

And the Tribe responded again, closing out the game by scoring 19 of the final 25 points of the night to earn the victory, which was helped by 16 offensive rebounds that led to 20 second-chance points.

“I think it was a combination of, they were shooting a lot of deep shots and long rebounds, and we just weren’t getting to loose balls,” Wolff said. “Then, after we cut it to six, we were just so fatigued that we broke down fundamentally.

“I think we can play better than this and we just have to find a way to do that.”

William & Mary was led by Janine Aldridge’s double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jaclyn McKenna and Taysha Pye added 15 points each and Kaitlyn Mathieu chipped in 13. Emily Correal had 10 boards, while Katherine DeHenzel handed out 10 assists.

Fenyn ended with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Wilson finished with seven points and a team-high five assists.

Tech returns to action on Friday in the Saint Mary’s College Concord Hilton Tournament in Moraga, Calif. The Hokies face the host Gaels in the second game of the night starting at 10 p.m.

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