BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team fell to Miami, 64-46 on Sunday afternoon in ACC action at Cassell Coliseum to close out the regular season. Tech honored seniors Alyssa Fenyn, Aerial Wilson, Kerry Sarver and Rachel Nichols prior to tipoff.
“Very proud of the team,” said Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff. “The final score doesn’t reflect how hard fought the game was. We left some opportunities out there offensively that we would like to have had back. But in terms of effort and trying to stay with the game plan, every part of that very proud of the kids.”
“Our seniors are tremendous kids,” Wolff said. “It has been a pleasure to coach them. They have tried as hard as they could every day in practice and every game for Virginia Tech and we’re going to miss them.”
Morgan Stroman led the Hurricanes (20-9, 11-7 ACC) with a double-doubles notching 20 points and 15 rebounds. Stefanie Yderstrom added 13 points and Suriya McGuire had 12. Shawnice Wilson tallied 11 points.
Miami took an early 8-1 lead, but the Hokies went on a 10-2 run to go on top 11-10 with 9:37 on the clock. Both teams went on a bit of a drought over the next few minutes, but Miami held a 16-13 advantage with just under six minutes to go. The Hokies responded to close out the half with a 10-3 run to take a 23-19 lead in to halftime.
The Hurricanes came out of the break and tied the game at 23. Virginia Tech and Miami kept it close and were tied again at 31 with 13:54 remaining in the second half. The ‘Canes used a 12-1 run to take a 43-32 advantage with 5:55 to. Tech closed to within nine and trailed 45-36 with 4:27 on the clock. That is as close as the Hokies would get as Miami outscored Tech 19-10 in the final minutes.
Virginia Tech struggled offensively, hitting 25.5 percent (14-of-55) from the field. The Hurricanes connected on 19-of-56 (33.9 percent). Miami was solid from the free throw line, making 22-of-26 while the Hokies were 15-of-23.
Miami held the advantage on the boards, grabbing 48 to Tech’s 34. The ‘Canes posted 16 second-chance points while the Hokies had 17.
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