BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's basketball team is set to open the ACC slate on Sunday, Jan. 5 at Boston College. Game time is slated for 1:04 p.m. at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. and will be broadcast on Regional Sports Network (RSN).
Date/Time: January 5, 2014/1:04 p.m.
Opponent: Boston College
Site: Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
Radio: 100.7 FM WNMX
Talent: Andrew Allegretta, play-by-play
Talent: Tom Werme and Debbie Antonelli
Live Stats: BCEagles.com
Live Video: N/A
Game Notes: Virginia Tech
In its last game, Virginia Tech dropped a 70-60 decision at Hampton on January 1.
The Hokies struggled in the first half, shooting less than 27% from the field and went into halftime trailing 38-23. Hampton continued its run in the second half and took its largest lead--19 points--with 14:38 left on the clock. However, the Hokies responded with a 20-3 run beginning at 13:26 when Monet Tellier completed a three-point play and Maddison Penn followed with a three-pointer on the next possession. Tech ended the run after cutting the lead to 52-50 with 6:18 to go on a layup from Hannah Young. The Hokies would not see the lead again, though, as Hampton responded to every ensuing Virginia Tech threat and ultimately held off the Hokies’ rally to capture the win.
Uju Ugoka led the Hokies’ offense on the day with 16 points and nine rebounds in just 27 minutes, after being sidelined in the first half with foul trouble. Tellier also posted her second double-double in as many games with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Ugoka leads Tech on the season, averaging 19.1 points and 10.9 rebounds. The senior is one of four players in the Atlantic Coast Conference currently averaging a double-double. She ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding and third in scoring. Vanessa Panousis is adding 11.5 points and chipping in 4.5 assists. Tellier is averaging 10.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
Virginia Tech is 2-0 under Coach Dennis Wolff in ACC openers.
Boston College cruised past Mount St. Mary’s in its last game, 81-67, on Jan. 1 on the Eagles’ home court. Katie Zenevitch racked up a 29-point, 16-rebound performance, leading Nicole Boudreau (17), Kristen Doherty (13) and Lauren Engeln (10), who all scored in double-digits for BC. The Eagles also out-rebounded The Mount 45-28 on the day.
The Hokies share a common opponent with BC during the non-conference slate in Hofstra, as the Eagles took down the Pride on the road, 80-63 in their second game of the season. Tech also got a win on Hofstra’s home court, 77-72, in the Hokies’ second road game of the year.
Doherty leads the Eagles in scoring this season with 14.9 points, while Zenevitch has chipped in 11.7 points to go with 7.0 rebounds. Engeln leads the team with 3.7 assists, while also averaging 8.2 points.
Virginia Tech leads the all-time series, 10-9, but the Eagles have won the last two meetings, both in Blacksburg. In last year’s contest, a 53-46 BC win in Cassell Coliseum, Ugoka led the Hokies with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Tellier added 10 points. Doherty paced the Eagles with 15 points. The last game in Chestnut Hill, a January 5, 2012 contest, was a Tech victory, with Tellier racking up 15 points in the 38-35 win.
Up Next: The Hokies will open their home ACC slate on Thursday, Jan. 9 against in-state rival Virginia. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
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