CLEMSON, S.C. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team trailed by one going in to the final two minutes, but Clemson held off the Hokies as Tech fell in ACC play, 51-46 on Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.
Monet Tellier led all scorers in the game with 20 points for the Hokies (8-17, 2-12 ACC), marking her fifth 20-point performance of the season. Lauren Evans added 10 points for Tech. Alyssa Fenyn tallied eight points, pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, handed out five assists and picked up four steals.
Natiece Ford posted 15 points for the Lady Tigers (7-18, 3-11 ACC). Quinyotta Pettaway added 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Nikki Dixon recorded eight points.
The Hokies got out to a quick lead as Evans knocked down six straight points in the opening three minutes to put Tech up 6-0. Clemson answered with an 11-2 run, taking an 11-8 lead with just over 11 minutes to play in the opening period. The two teams were tied at 13 with 8:39 to go before Tellier went to work, scoring the final 11 points of the half for Tech beginning at the 5:30 mark. During the stretch, Tellier knocked down a trio of three pointers and a long jumper. Virginia Tech took a 25-17 advantage into the break.
Coming out of the intermission, the Hokies scored the first three points to take the largest lead of the game by either team, up 11 (28-17) in the opening two minutes. Virginia Tech led 35-25 with 12:55 on the clock, but the Lady Tigers answered with a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to close the gap, 35-34, midway through the half. Clemson continued its run, outscoring Tech 8-3 to hold the 43-38 advantage with 4:22 to go.
Tech rallied with an 8-4 scoring advantage over the next two minutes to cut the Lady Tigers lead down to one (47-46) with 2:01 on the clock. The Hokies were unable to connect in the final minutes as Clemson held on for the 51-46 win.
Virginia Tech shot 30 percent from the field (15-of-50), including 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from outside the arc. The Hokies were 11-of-17 (64.7 percent) from the free throw line. Clemson knocked down 40.5 percent (17-of-42) from the field and went 1-of-4 from outside. The Lady Tigers hit 80 percent (16-of-20) from the stripe.
Tech held a 35-32 advantage on the boards. The Hokies forced 21 Clemson turnovers to post 20 points. Clemson tallied 13 points off 21 Tech turnovers.
Virginia Tech will be back on the court on Friday, Feb. 22 against North Carolina. Game time is set for 8:35 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum. The game will be broadcast live on RSN.
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