BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team claimed a 57-52 win over UMBC on Thursday during the second day of the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Classic at Cassell Coliseum.
Leading Tech (4-9) was Monet Tellier with 18 points. The sophomore guard also grabbed six rebounds, handed out two assists and picked up a steal. Larryqua Hall led all players with a career-high 11 rebounds and Latorri Hines-Allen added nine points and seven boards.
“I think the effort carried over from last night," said head coach Dennis Wolff. "We outrebounded them and we didn’t turn the ball over. Larryqua [Hall] has worked like crazy and her energy level really got us going several times. I think across the board these kids want to win. It’s been up and down, this gives us a little bit of a push and hopefully we can clear our minds a little bit going into the tournament.”
For the Retrievers (6-7), Erin Brown tallied 18 points while Brittany Crowell notched 16. Tope Obajolu and Michelle Kurowski each grabbed six rebounds.
The Hokies outscored UMBC 20-9 in the opening eight minutes, but the Retrievers responded with a 10-2 run, cutting the Hokie lead to 22-19 with 7:35 on the clock. Tech held on to the advantage over the next five minutes, but UMBC took its first lead, up 28-26 with just under three minutes to go.
Virginia Tech reclaimed the lead (31-28) with 1:08 to go off Tellier’s third three-pointer of the half, but UMBC’s Brown answered with one of her five, first-half threes, tying the score at 31. Tellier sank a free throw in the final seconds of the half to give Tech a 32-31 advantage going into halftime.
Coming out of the break, UMBC took its largest lead of the game, up six (40-34) after three minutes. The Retrievers held on to the lead over the next several minutes until a layup from Hall sparked a 7-0 run by the Hokies, giving them a 47-41 lead with 9:47 to play.
UMBC responded with a run of its own, outscoring Tech 8-2 to go up 50-49 with just over four minutes remaining. The Hokies reclaimed the lead, going on top 51-50 off a jumper from Hines-Allen with 2:33 on the clock. In the final two minutes the Tech defense forced three turnovers and hit four-of-six from the line to secure the win.
The Hokies held a 44-34 advantage in rebounding and scored 14 second-chance points to just five by the Retrievers. Tech also turned the ball over just seven times while forcing 15 UMBC turnovers, resulting in 14 points for the Hokies.
Tech will open the ACC slate on Monday, Jan. 2 at Clemson. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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