BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech and Clemson were tied at 47 at the end of regulation, but the Lady Tigers held on for the 55-51 overtime win in ACC women’s basketball action on Friday night at Cassell Coliseum.
The Hokies grabbed 28 offensive rebounds and committed just 15 turnovers while forcing 26, but were unable to convert offensively, connecting on 17-of-79 (21.5 percent) from the field as they fell to 7-16 and 3-7 in the ACC.
“Again we played very hard and we got great effort out of the kids,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “Unfortunately, our inability to convert that to points offensively makes us struggle mightily.”
Leading the Hokies was Aerial Wilson with 14 points. Monet Tellier added 13 points while Porschia Hadley notched 10. LaTorri Hines-Allen set a career-high mark in rebounds for the second straight game with 16, including 10 on the offensive glass.
The Lady Tigers (6-14, 2-7 ACC) were led by Nikki Dixon with 19 points. Lindsey Mason had 10 points, 14 boards and four blocks.
Virginia Tech and Clemson were tied early at seven but the Hokies went on a 17-2 run to pull ahead 24-9 at the 6:33 mark. Clemson answered with a run of its own, allowing just one field goal from the Hokies the rest of the half as the Lady Tigers outscored Tech 12-2. The Hokies held a 26-21 advantage going into the break.
Clemson continued their run coming out of the break, outscoring Tech 8-2 and taking their first lead (29-28) since the 15:55 mark of the opening half. The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes and were tied at 38 with 7:43 on the clock before the Lady Tigers went on a 7-0 run to go up 45-38 with 4:56 left in the second half.
CU held a 47-40 advantage going into the final, 2:49, but Tech rallied with a 7-0 run, including five points from Hines-Allen to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, Clemson went on top by four (49-53), but a pair of free throws from Tellier put the Hokies within two with 1:43 remaining. The Hokies were unable to convert in the final minutes as the Lady Tigers held on for the win.
The Hokies knocked down 20 second-chance points off a season-high 28 offensive rebounds and tallied 19 points off turnovers. Clemson was 18-of-49 from the field (36.7 percent) and connected on 73.7 percent from the line (14-19) while the Hokies hit 61.1 percent (11-18).
Tech will be back on the court on Sunday, Feb. 5 at Florida State. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
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