CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team fell to Miami, 68-42 in ACC action on Sunday afternoon at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
Uju Ugoka led the Hokies (7-14, 1-9 ACC) with 12 points and 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Lauren Evans tied a career high with 12 points while recording a block and two steals. Monet Tellier corraled three steals for the Hokies on the defensive side.
Michelle Woods led a trio of Hurricanes (15-7, 6-5 ACC) in double figures with 15 points. Stefanie Yderstrom added 11 points and Suriya McGuire posted 10. Keyona Hayes grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Hokies came out strong in the first half, getting out to an early four point lead, but Miami answered to go on top 20-12 midway through the half. Tech outscored Miami 5-3 over the next two minutes to cut the lead down to four (23-19) with 8:09 to go in the opening period. The Hokies kept the Miami lead under single digits, trailing by nine, 30-21, with just over three minutes to play, but the ‘Canes closed out the half with a 9-2 run to take a 16 point lead into the break.
Miami continued its run coming out of the intermission, going on top 52-24 after seven minutes of play. The Hokies were unable to make a run as the ‘Canes outscored Tech 29-19 in the second half to secure the win.
“We got off to a good start in the game,” said Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff. “But some how in the last three minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half, we really got ourselves in to a hole that was tough to get out of.”
The Hokies shot 45.5 percent in the first half from the field, but connected on just 20.7 percent in the second half to shoot 31.4 percent (16-of-51) in the game. The Hurricanes knocked down 35.2 percent (25-of-71) from the field and connected on 5-of-21 from behind the arc. Tech was 0-of-7 from three-point range. From the free throw line, the Hokies were 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) to Miami’s 13-of-17 (76.5 percent).
Miami held an advantage on the boards, pulling down 47, including 21 offensive rebounds for 13 second-chance points. Tech grabbed 39 rebounds and 11 on the offensive side for nine second-chance. The Hurricanes scored 17 points off 20 Virginia Tech turnovers while the Hokies forced 10 turnovers for seven points.
The Hokies will be back on the court on Friday, Feb. 8 for an 8:30 p.m. game at Georgia Tech. The game will be aired on the RSN network.
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