November 26, 2011
Tech rally falls short as St. Mary's holds on for win
Monet Tellier records third 20+ point game this season
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Virginia Tech (2-3) 262147
St. Mary's (3-2) 352560
  • Moraga, Calif. (McKoen Pavilion) - 484
  • High Points: 23 - Monet Tellier
  • High Rebounds: 6 - Aerial Wilson

MORAGA, Calif. - The Hokies came back from a 22 point, second half deficit to cut the lead down to nine, but St. Mary’s held on to claim a 60-47 win on Friday night in women’s basketball action at the SMC Concord Hilton Tournament in Moraga, Calif.

Leading Tech (2-3) was Monet Tellier with 23 points on 9-of-14 from the field including 2-of-2 from three point range. Aerial Wilson added six points, grabbed a team-best six rebounds and handed out a game-leading seven assists. Alyssa Fenyn and Porschia Hadley posted six points each.

St. Mary’s (3-2) was led by Jasmine Smith with 21 points. Kate Gaze and Danielle Mauldin added 13 points each while Mauldin also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

In the opening half, St. Mary’s took a 16-8 lead at the 11:29 mark, but the Hokies cut the lead down to three (16-13) in the next minute off a three pointer from Tellier. The Gaels extended their lead to ten, 23-13 at 7:14, but Tech answered again, cutting the lead to four (24-20) with 5:36 on the clock. The Hokies kept the score difference in single digits as St. Mary’s took a 35-26 advantage into the break.

St. Mary’s came out of the break firing, going on a 16-3 run to go on top 51-29 with 12:20 on the clock. The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes, but the Gaels maintained their lead and were up 54-34 just past the mid point of the half. Virginia Tech responded with a 13-2 run that cut the lead down to nine with 2:41 left to play, but that was as close as the Hokies would get as St. Mary’s held on for the win.

The Gaels held the slight advantage on the boards, grabbing 34 rebounds to Tech’s 27. St. Mary’s forced 26 turnovers resulting in 23 points. Virginia Tech hit 44.2 percent (19-of-43) from the field and went 3-of-6 from behind the arc.

Tech will be back on the court tomorrow when the Hokies face Minnesota in the consolation game of the SMC Concord Hilton Tournament. Game time is set for 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST) and can be heard in the Blacksburg, Va. area on 100.7 FM.

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