January 5, 2012
Virginia Tech outlasts Boston College, 38-35
Alyssa Fenyn hits a three in the final minute to propel Tech to win
Virginia Tech (6-9; ACC 1-1) 221638
Boston College (5-9; ACC 0-1) 201535
  • Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA - 489
  • High Points: 15 - Monet Tellier
  • High Rebounds: 8 - LaTorri Hines-Allen

CHESNUT HILL, Mass. – Virginia Tech and Boston College were tied at 35 going into the final minute, but a three pointer from Alyssa Fenyn helped push the Hokies to a 38-35 win over the Eagles on Thursday night at Conte Forum in Chesnut Hill, Mass.

“It was a gutty defensive effort from our team,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “We were in a drought on the offensive side, but Alyssa Fenyn made a courageous shot at the perfect time to give us a bit of a cushion in the final minute. I think that two road games in four days drained us a bit, but we are thrilled to be able to have two ACC road wins in the same week.”

This marks the first time the Hokies have started the ACC schedule 2-0 since joining the league in 2004-05.

Leading the Hokies (6-9, 2-0 ACC) was Monet Tellier with a game-high 15 points. Fenyn added six for Tech while Latorri Hines-Allen grabbed eight rebounds.

For BC (5-9, 0-1 ACC) Joy Caracciolo tallied eight points and six rebounds. Shayra Brown added seven points and Kristen Doherty led the team with eight rebounds.

The Hokies got off to a strong start, leading 15-9 midway through the half. Tech extended its lead, outscoring the Eagles 7-3 to take the largest advantage of the half on top 22-12 with just over five minutes to play. BC answered with a run of its own as the Eagles closed out the half with an 8-0 run. The Hokies led 22-20 going into the break.

Tech opened the second half extending its lead 31-26 in the opening 3:30, but both teams went cold over the next eight minutes. A jumper from BC’s Deidre Smith ended the drought with 8:48 to go sparking a short run as the Eagles pulled within one, 32-31 before a jumper from Tellier put the Hokies on top by three. BC’s Tiffany Ruffin drained one from outside to tie the two teams at 33 with just over four minutes to go.

The two teams tied again at 35 with 2:38 on the clock, but Fenyn’s three with 40 seconds to go gave the Hokies a 38-35 lead. The Eagles had a chance to tie it back up with their next trip down the court, but the shot fell short with 29 seconds to go. Boston College had fouls to give, as the Hokies were able to drain 19 seconds off the clock before going to the line. A missed free throw by the Hokies gave the Eagles one more chance with two seconds to go, but the shot banked off the rim.

BC held a 40-27 advantage on the boards, but only scored six second-chance points. The Hokies forced 22 turnovers, resulting in 13 points.

Tech returns to Cassell Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 8 to host Florida State in the Hokies’ ACC home opener. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.

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