January 26, 2012
Tech upsets No. 8/7 Maryland, 75-69
Hokies secure first win against a top-8 since 1998
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Virginia Tech (7-14, 3-5) 314475
(8) Maryland (18-3, 5-3) 343569
  • College Park, Md. (Comcast Center) - 3,537
  • High Points: 31 - Monet Tellier
  • High Rebounds: 9 - LaTorri Hines-Allen

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Monet Tellier knocked down a career-high tying 31 points, pacing three Virginia Tech women’s basketball players in double figures as the Hokies upset No. 8/7 Maryland, 75-69 on Thursday evening at the Comcast Center.

“I could not be any prouder of these girls,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “I can’t imagine a group of girls who deserve a win like this more, based on what they’ve been through.”

Tellier connected on a career-high five three pointers and hit 10-of-11 from the free throw line for the Hokies (7-14, 3-5 ACC). In addition she pulled down five rebounds, had three assists, two steals and a block. Aerial Wilson added 15 points and picked up three steals while Porschia Hadley tallied 14 points and six boards. LaTorri Hines-Allen grabbed a team leading nine rebounds, including six key ones on the offensive glass. Alyssa Fenyn had seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Hokies turned the ball over just seven times while forcing the Terps into 20, resulting in 26 points. Tech also grabbed 19 offensive rebounds for 20 second-chance points.

The Terrapins (18-3, 5-3 ACC) were led by Lynetta Kizer with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Laurin MIncy added 19 points while Tianna Hawkins posted 18.

Tech opened the game outscoring the Terps 6-2, but Maryland responded with an 11-2 run to go up by five at the 13:31 mark. Virginia Tech kept it close as the two teams tied five times in the first half with the last being at 26 with just over four minutes to go. Maryland led by five (34-29) with 1:19 on the clock, but a pair of free throws from Fenyn cut the gap as the Terrapins took a 34-31 lead into the break.

Coming out of the intermission, Maryland claimed its largest lead of the game, up eight (45-37) after the first four minutes. Tech responded with 9-2 a run as Tellier hit a pair of threes and Wilson added one to cut it to 47-46 with 13:44 to go.

The two teams traded baskets over the next seven minutes as the Hokies closed the gap one several times; the last time being with just over six minutes to go as Maryland held the 61-60 advantage. In the next minute, Tellier and Hadley hit jumpers on back-to-back trips down the court to give the Hokies their first lead (64-61) since the midway point of the opening half.

Maryland got no closer than three in the final minutes as Tech led 69-63 with 54 seconds to go. The Hokies connected on 6-of-10 from the free throw line in last minute to secure the win.

Tech shot 37.5 percent (24-of-64), but took 18 more shots than the Terrapins who shot 47.8 percent (22-of-46). From outside the arc, Tech connected on 33.3 percent (6-of-18) and the Terps hit 25 percent (1-of-4). The Hokies were 21-of-29 (72.4 percent) from the free throw line while Maryland went 24-of-31 (77.4 percent).

This marks the third win in program history over a team ranked higher than No. 8. The last win was against No. 6 ranked Duke in 1998. Tech also defeated Old Dominion in 1985 when it was No. 5.

Tech will be back on the court when the Hokies return home to host North Carolina State on Sunday, Jan. 29. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on Regional Sports Network (RSN).

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