GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team’s second-half spark was not enough, as the University of Miami held off the Hokies, 45-39, on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the 2013 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
“We’re disappointed. These girls have worked incredibly hard all year,” commented Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff. “When we are a little undersized and when things aren’t going well on offense, they showed tremendous character to be able to make it a one-possession game. It was just a tough break – we didn’t come up with that loose ball, and that three-pointer by [Stefanie] Yderstrom really took away our chances.”
Miami (21-9, 11-7 ACC) got ahead early, taking the 5-0 lead two minutes into the game. Tellier put the first points on the board for the Hokies at the 17:31 mark, but the Hurricanes responded with an 8-0 run to take the 13-2 lead seven minutes into the game.
Tech (10-20, 4-14 ACC) responded with five-straight points from Fenyn to cut the margin down to just six (13-7) at 10:05, but the senior’s jumper was the final field goal for the Hokies in the half. In the 10-minute Hokie drought, Miami continued to connect to go into the break with the 21-8 lead.
The Hurricanes shot 32 percent in the first and 10 of their 21 points came in the paint. Tech was sent to the line three times and only notched one, while Miami went five-for-five from the charity stripe.
The Hokies snapped the drought four minutes into the second half with an Ugoka put back. Tech came alive at the 9:15 mark with three-straight baskets to come within five. And two free throws from Fenyn gave the Hokies its closest margin (30-27) at the 6:04 mark. Virginia Tech continued to fight but Miami’s lead was too tough to overcome.
Tech finished with shooting 14-52 (26.9%) from the field and 10 points off turnovers. Miami shot 28.6 percent (14-49) and went 16-22 from the line, while connecting on 20 points in the paint.
Quotes from Dennis Wolff
“I am really, really proud of the kids. Alyssa Fenyn has been incredible the way she’s carried herself through her four years here. What I just told the kids in the locker room (was that) I know we finished last in the league – everyone has made it clear to me what our record is – but we didn’t play like a last-place team today against a team that is going to the NCAA Tournament, so I am proud of the girls for that.”
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