TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team cut the lead down to eight with just over six minutes to go, but Florida State used their size inside to make a late run and claim a 78-60 win on Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
“Considering the short turnaround I thought we played with a lot of passion and effort,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “With a bounce either way it could have been a five point game with five or six minutes to go, so I think the girls are to be commended for their effort.”
Leading the Hokies (7-16, 3-8 ACC) was Porschia Hadley with a career-high 18 points. Monet Tellier added 17 points while Aerial Wilson notched 16 points for Tech. Alyssa Fenyn grabbed a team-best six rebounds.
The Seminoles (13-11, 5-5 ACC) were led by Natasha Howard with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Cierra Brevard and Chelsea Davis also had 16 points each. Leonor Rodriguez added 13 and Chasity Clayton chipped in 12 points.
Tech and FSU kept it close early in the game and were tied at six, but the Seminoles went on a 21-8 run to take a 13-point, 27-14 lead at the 8:41 mark. The Hokies responded with an 11-4 run to pull within six (31-25) with just under four minutes left in the half. FSU closed out the half, outscoring Tech 8-3 to take a 39-28 lead into the intermission.
Coming out of the break, Tech again cut the lead down to single-digits, pulling to within eight (39-31) in the opening minute, but the Seminoles went on a 7-2 run to push FSU up 46-33 with 17:16 on the clock.
The Hokies trailed 58-39 with just over 12 minutes remaining before going on a 10-2 run to close the gap 60-49 with 7:39 to go. Tech and FSU traded baskets over the next few minutes beforeTech pulled within eight (61-53) with 6:33 on the clock. That was as close as the Hokies would get as FSU closed out the game with a 17-7 run.
The Seminoles led on the boards (49-23), including 19 on the offensive glass for 26 second-chance points. Tech only turned the ball over eight times while forcing the Seminoles into 18 for 12 points.
Virginia Tech shot 38.5 percent (25-65) from the field while FSU connected on 50.8 percent (29-57).
Tech will have eight days off before returning to Cassell Coliseum to host Boston College on Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
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