December 21, 2011
Tech falters at Florida Gulf Coast
Aerial Wilson leads Hokies with 15 points
Virginia Tech (3-8) 212041
Florida Gulf Coast (8-1) 373269
  • Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena) - 1,826
  • High Points: 15 - Aerial Wilson
  • High Rebounds: 6 - Porschia Hadley

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast knocked down 17 three pointers en route to picking up a 69-41 win over the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team on Wednesday night at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Fla.

Leading the Hokies (3-8) was Aerial Wilson with 15 points. Monet Telier added nine points for Tech while Porschia Hadley grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

The Eagles (8-1) were led by Kelsey Jacobson with 17 points. Nicoya Jackson added fifteen points while Whitney Knight and Eglah Griffin had 11 points each. Jackson and Sarah Hansen grabbed seven rebounds a piece.

Tech fell behind early in the opening half as FGCU opened with a 12-6 run to take a six-point lead with 12:30 on the clock. The Hokies went scoreless over the next 2:30 as the Eagles extended their lead to 21-6 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half. FGCU took its largest lead of the half up 19 (30-11) with 6:45 to go. Tech answered with a run of its own, cutting the difference to 13 (32-19) with just over two minutes left in the half, but the Eagles had a 37-21 advantage going into the break.

The second half was much of the same, as the Eagles opened with an 11-3 run, extending their lead to 48-26. The Hokies closed the gap to 18 (48-30) off back-to-back baskets from Wilson with 12:11 to play, but that is as close as they would get in the second half.

The Hokies shot 35.3 percent from the field (18-of-51). FGCU only hit two field goals inside of the arc during the opening period and connected on 11 from outside, shooting 40.7 percent (11-of-27). Overall in the game, the Eagles knocked down 37.7 percent from the field (23-of-61). Tech held a 41-32 advantage on the boards, scoring 18 second-chance points. FGCU notched 15 steals and scored 25 points off turnovers.

Tech will have a short break for the holidays and will return to the court, Dec. 28-29 in its annual Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Hardwood Classic. The Hokies will face Cincinnati on the opening day at 7 p.m. Also competing in the tournament are High Point and UMBC.

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