ATLANTA – Monet Tellier drained a season-high 24 points to lead the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team past Georgia Tech, 63-61, in an ACC matchup on Friday night at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Ga.
Teller knocked down 9-of-14 from the field for the Hokies (8-14, 2-9 ACC), including 3-of-4 from outside the arc, and hit a trio of free throws to tally her game-high 24 points. Aerial Wilson added 11 points, hitting 4-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from outside. Alyssa Fenyn added 10 points and handed out five assists. Porschia Hadley grabbed six rebounds and added five points.
“I think that the team played hard,” said head coach Dennis Wollf. “We stayed together when we got behind in the first half and had good ball movement in the second half which created opportunities that they all finished. I think when you’re in a losing streak like we were, it takes a lot of character. And I believe that Aerial Wilson and Alyssa Fenyn deserve a lot of credit for how they fought through it.”
Tyaunna Marshall led the Yellow Jackets (10-13, 3-9 ACC) with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Dawnn Maye added 14 points and handed out four assists while Aaliyah Whiteside connected for 11 points.
The Yellow Jackets held the early lead, and were up by seven (16-9) with just under 11 minutes left in the opening half. Virginia Tech cut it down to two (18-16) at the 8:11 mark as Tellier dropped in nine straight points for the Hokies. Georgia Tech responded with a 10-3 run to take its largest lead of the half, up nine with just over five minutes to go. Virginia Tech answered with a 12-1 run to take a 29-31 lead with 1:55 to go. The Yellow Jackets scored the final four points of the half to take a 33-31 lead into the break.
Coming out of the break, Georgia Tech held on to the lead and was up by four (43-39) with 14:42 on the clock. The Hokies responded with an 18-7 run over the next nine minutes to go on top 57-50 with just over five minutes to go. Virginia Tech maintained its lead and was up 61-54 with 3:34 remaining. Georgia Tech answered, scoring the next five points to cut the Hokies lead to two with 2:16 on the clock. A layup from Tellier on the next possession pushed the Virginia Tech lead back to four (63-59). The Yellow Jackets’ Maye set the final score on a layup at the 1:24 mark as defense won out with neither team hitting a basket in the final minute.
The Hokies connected on 53.2 percent (25-of-47) from the field, including 70 percent (7-of-10) from outside the arc. It marks the highest output in both categories on the season for the Hokies. Georgia Tech connected on 24-of-55 (43.6 percent) from the field and went 4-of-11 from outside (36.4 percent).
Virginia Tech held the slight edge on the boards, pulling down 31 rebounds to 30 for the Yellow Jackets, but Georgia Tech held a 10-5 advantage in second chance points.
With a short turnaround, the Hokies will be back on the court on Sunday, Feb. 10 when they host in-state rival Virginia. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum and will be the Hokies' Play4Kay pink game.
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