BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech’s Monet Tellier records her 1,000th career point as she leads the Hokies to a 71-52 upset win over No. 19/20 Florida State on Sunday afternoon in ACC action at Cassell Coliseum.
“Thrilled, this game showed the type of character that the kids have,” said Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff. “When you’re kind of mired in the type of season that we’ve been fighting through, I believe the team approached this game in the right frame of mind despite that. I think the older kids like Alyssa [Fenyn] deserve a heck of a lot of credit for the way they have kept plugging away. Congratulations to Monet, 1,000 points in college is not an easy thing to do.”
Teller hit her 1,000th point at the 12:32 mark of the first half. She went on to lead the Hokies (9-18, 3-13 ACC) with 24 points, shooting 9-of-14 from the field, including a 2-of-3 from outside the arc. Tellier also handed out six assists and pulled down five rebounds.
Morgan Toles led the Seminoles (20-7, 10-6 ACC) with 13 points. Alexa Deluzio and Natasha Howard added nine points each. Howard also grabbed eight boards.
Florida State took the early lead in the game and was up 13-9 with 14:49 on the clock. The Hokies answered with a 14-0 run, sparked by seven consecutive from Tellier, to go on top 23-13 with 6:49 to go in the half. Virginia Tech took its largest lead of the half, up 12 (27-15) of a layup from Lloyd with 4:46 to play. The Hokies held on to their advantage and took a 33-22 lead in to the break.
Coming out of the intermission, FSU looked to make an early run and cut the Tech lead down to seven (37-30) with 16:48 to go. The Hokies answered with a 15-5 run over the next seven minutes to extend their lead to 17 (52-35) with just over nine minutes to go. Florida State would get no closer than 14 in the final minutes of the half as the Hokies rolled to the 71-52 win.
Virginia Tech connected on 28-of-60 (46.7 percent) from the field including 4-of-11 from behind the arc. Florida State hit 32.8 percent (21-of-64) from the field and was 3-of-13 from outside. Tech also shot well from the free throw line, hitting 73.3 percent (11-of-15). The Seminoles were 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from the stripe.
The Hokies grabbed 44 rebounds to FSU’s 37. The Seminoles hit 18 second-chance points off of 17 offensive rebounds. Tech connected on 14 second-chance, grabbing 15 on the offensive glass. Virginia Tech also posted 19 assists and just 12 turnovers. Florida State tallied six assists and 11 turnovers, resulting in 13 points for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech will wrap up the regular season road schedule on Thursday, Feb. 28, when the team travels to Winston-Salem N.C., to face Wake Forest. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m., at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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