BLACKSBURG, Va. – Four Hokies scored in double figures to power the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team to a 70-63 overtime victory over Boston College at Cassell Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, as the Hokies snapped an eight-game losing streak and earned their first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season.
Virginia Tech and BC both came out strong on the defensive side, holding their opponents to just three points each in the opening four minutes. The Eagles scored on back-to-back baskets to distance themselves, going up 11-3 with 12:30 to go. Tech cut it back down to three following an outside shot from Monet Tellier and a layup from Lauren Evans.
The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes, but the Eagles again broke open the scoring and took their largest lead of the half on top 30-17 with just over three minutes to play. The Hokies answered with a 9-4 run to close out the half as BC took the 34-29 lead in to the break.
The second half yielded a bevy of back-and-forth play, as neither team could pull away. With 17:56 on the clock, sophomore Hannah Young knocked down a long jumper to cut BC’s lead to two and kickstart a 9-0 Hokie run that put Tech up 41-36 with 14:39 to play.
Shortly after, the Eagles responded with a 10-0 run of their own that gave BC a 50-45 lead with 7:01 on the clock. The five-point lead was the largest either team would get for the remainder of regulation.
Tech took a 55-54 lead with 1:07 to play on a jumper by sophomore Taijah Campbell. After a pair of BC free throws with 10 seconds left, Tellier drew a foul on a drive through the lane with four seconds on the clock. The senior made one of her two shots to send the game to overtime at 56-56.
The Hokies’ dominant defensive presence took over in overtime, as Tech forced five turnovers in the extra period and held the Eagles to just a single point.
After Tech stormed out to a 62-56 lead in the first two minutes of overtime, freshman Vanessa Panousis hit a jumper and all six of her free throws down the stretch to seal the 70-63 win for the Hokies, despite a pair of BC three-pointers in the final 30 seconds.
Panousis led the Hokies on the day with 18 points, nine of which came in the overtime period, while Tellier chipped in 17. Penn matched her career best with 15 points, while Young recorded her third career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Kelly Hughes paced BC with a game-high 22 points on 8-16 shooting, while Katie Zenevitch tallied 15 on the day.
“I told the girls before the game that, if we all put forth the type of effort that we ended up putting forth today, then it would be a memorable day,” Wolff said. “Monet [Tellier] deserves about as much credit as you can give a player, because--forgetting about the numbers--with her desire to win the game, she almost played herself to exhaustion.”
With the victory, the Hokies are now 11-10 on the year, with a 1-7 mark in the ACC. Boston College falls to 11-12 with the loss, including a 2-7 record in conference play.
The Hokies will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 6, when they travel north to Syracuse for a 7 p.m. game at the Carrier Dome.
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