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RADFORD, Va. – Senior Uju Ugoka dropped in 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team past local rival Radford, 82-33 on Saturday afternoon at the Dedmon Center in Radford, Va.
The Hokies enter the holiday break at 9-2 while the Highlanders fall to 2-9.
“I give our girls a lot of credit for playing extremely hard right from the beginning,” said Head Coach Dennis Wolff. “As you head in to Christmas it’s not always easy and I think the kids really didn’t let getting to Christmas get in the way of playing a good game, so I’m proud of them for that.”
Ugoka connected on 9-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line en route to recording her 22 points and a career-high tying 17 rebounds in just 22 minutes of play. It marks her sixth consecutive double-double of the season as Ugoka joins Karen Garbis as the only other Tech player to record six straight. Garbis accomplished the feat in 1978.
The Hokies took control early in the first half, opening with a 13-6 run to lead by as much with 15:15 on the clock. Tech held the Highlanders scoreless over the next six minutes as the Hokies extended their lead, going up 26-6 off a layup from Ugoka with 10:42 to play. The Hokies took their largest lead of the half, going up 45-12 in the final minute as Penn drained a three pointer. Radford’s Jordynn Gaymon hit a layup in the final 10 seconds, but the Hokies took a 45-14 lead in to the break.
Virginia Tech continued to dominate in the second half, outscoring the Highlanders 37-19 in the second 20 minutes of play. The Hokies held their largest lead, going on top by 51 points with 3:13 to play off a free throw from Lauren Evans.
Tech shot 41.2 (28-68) percent from the field while hitting 40 (10-25) percent from outside the arc. The Hokies also shot well from the line, hitting 76.2 percent on 16-of-21. Tech controlled the boards, pulling down 58 rebounds, including 22 on the offensive glass for 18 second-chance points. Virginia Tech forced 21 turnovers by the Highlanders for 29 points.
The last time Tech scored 80 or more points in a true away game was on Nov. 26, 2005 when the Hokies defeated Southern Methodist, 87-61. Virginia Tech had 84 against Texas San Antonio in a neutral site game on Dec. 20, 2007.
The Hokies will take a few days off for the holidays before getting back in action on Sunday, Dec. 29 when they host Robert Morris. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.
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