BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team fell to Old Dominion 55-35 on Friday afternoon in the season opener for both teams.
“We’re extremely disappointed,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “I thought we were capable of playing better than we did on offense. When you shoot 25 percent, you’re not going to give yourself a chance to win. I think defensively we had pretty good effort. They only got 55 points while shooting 33 percent. Our problems were on the offensive end.”
Porschia Hadley and Nia Evans led the Hokies (0-1) with eight points each. Monet Tellier pulled down nine rebounds for Tech. Lauren Evans grabbed a pair of steals. Alyssa Fenyn handed out three assists while scoring six points and pulling down five boards.
Jackie Cook led a trio of Lady Monarchs (1-0) in double figures with 17 points. She also pulled down nine rebounds. Shae Kelley tallied 14 points and nine boards while Mairi Buchan posted 10 points.
Both teams got off to a slow start and were tied at nine after 10 minutes of play. The Hokies held an 11-10 advantage at the 5:54 mark, but the Lady Monarchs closed out the half with an 11-2 run to take a 21-13 lead in to the break.
Coming out of the break the Hokies got the deficit down to six (21-15) off a Hadley jumper, but ODU extended their lead to 10, going up 28-18 with 16:25 on the clock. Tech again cut it down to single digits at 16:05 with a jumper from freshman Taijah Campbell. The Lady Monarchs answered with a 17-6 run to go up 45-26 with 7:39 to play. Tech was unable to overcome the difference as ODU rolled to the win.
Tech shot 25 percent (14-of-56) from the field while ODU hit 35.2 percent (19-of-54). The Lady Monarchs went 6-of-18 from outside the arc, shooting 33.3 percent with the Hokies going 0-of-12. Old Dominion pulled down 47 rebounds to Tech’s 37. Both teams had 16 turnovers.
Virginia Tech will be back on the court on Wednesday, Nov. 14, when the Hokies host Appalachian State in a 7 p.m. game at Cassell Coliseum.
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