January 2, 2012
Tech rolls past Clemson, 55-33, in ACC opener
Aerial Wilson records career-high 24 points.
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Virginia Tech (5-9, 1-0 ACC) 342155
Clemson (4-8, 0-1 ACC) 141933
  • Clemson, SC (Littlejohn Coliseum) - 622
  • High Points: 24 - Aerial Wilson
  • High Rebounds: 10 - LaTorri Hines-Allen

CLEMSON, S.C. – Behind a career-high 24 points from Aerial Wilson, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team claimed a 55-33 decision over ACC foe Clemson on Monday night at Littlejohn Coliseum in the conference opener for both teams.

“As good of start to a basketball game as I’ve ever been involved in,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “The kids deserve a world of credit to their approach to our first ACC game. Aerial Wilson had her best game as a Hokie and our team defense was as good as we could have hoped for.”

Tech’s (5-9, 1-0 ACC) Wilson also recorded four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Monet Tellier added 12 points and six rebounds, while Latorri Hines-Allen knocked down eight points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Porschia Hadley also dropped in eight points for the Hokies.

The Lady Tigers (4-8, 0-1 ACC) were led by Natiece Ford and Quinyotta Pettaway with eight points each. Chelsea Lindsay pulled down seven rebounds.

The Hokies came out strong with a 17-0 run in the opening seven minutes. In the first 12:51 of the game Tech held Clemson to 1-of-15 from the field and forced nine turnovers, putting the Hokies up 32-3 with just over seven minutes to go in the half. Clemson responded, holding Tech to just a pair of free throws the rest of the half while going on an 11-0 run to cut into the lead. Virginia Tech took a 34-14 advantage into the break.

Clemson looked to make a run coming out of the intermission, outscoring the Hokies 10-6 in the opening minutes to pull within 16 (40-24), but that is as close as the Lady Tigers would get in the second half. Tech answered with a 9-0 run and never looked back, as the Hokies rolled to a 55-33 win.

The Hokies shot 40 percent (20-of-50) from the field while the Lady Tigers connected on 20.5 percent (9-of-44). Virginia Tech was strong inside, recording 26 points in the paint to Clemson’s eight.

Clemson held a 37-32 advantage on rebounds. Tech forced 26 turnovers resulting in 19 points for the Hokies. The Tech defense also held the Lady Tigers to a school-record low 33 points.

Tech will remain on the road, traveling to Boston College Thursday, Jan. 2. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Chesnut Hill, Mass.

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