December 14, 2014
Camp sets freshman scoring mark in Tech win
By Marc Mullen
Western Carolina (5-4) 273158
Virginia Tech (7-4) 403979
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 1,183
  • High Points: 33 - Rachel Camp
  • High Rebounds: 11 - Rachel Camp

BLACKSBURG – For the third straight game, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team completely dominated its opposition and used a combined effort from its youthful starting backcourt in this one to do so in a 79-58 victory over Western Carolina on Sunday afternoon in Cassell Coliseum.

Rachel Camp scored a Tech freshman record 33 points to go along with 11 rebounds – her third straight double-double – and six assists, while sophomore Vanessa Panousis dropped in a career-high tying 24 points and added five assists to improve the Hokies to 7-4.

“I was pleased with how we played and these two (Vanessa and Rachel) had terrific games,” Tech head coach Dennis Wolff said. “I am proud of them both and congratulations to Rachel for breaking the scoring record.

“But I think they both played unselfishly as the game went along. They continued to try and make the right plays. So it gives us a bit of a chance to catch our breath as everyone now concentrates on exams during this week.”

Camp hit 13 of 21 shots, connected on four 3-point baskets and was a perfect 3 for 3 from the foul line. She played in 39 minutes and did not turn the ball over while also collecting one steal. She finished one point shy of the all-time women's record for points in a game in Cassell (Renee Dennis, vs. Memphis, Feb. 7, 1987) and three shy of the all-time women's record of points in a game (Brittany Cook, at Miami, Feb. 11, 2008).

Panousis also played 39 minutes and hit four 3-point baskets as the team made 10 in the contest. She's scored 24 points two other times, the last was in an upset win at North Carolina last season (Feb. 23).

“I’ve been happy every day since Vanessa came to school and am thrilled to have Rachel,” Wolff said. “These kids have played well and you can’t forget that this is only halfway through her second year and this is her first year.

“The thing that is great about them both is they are serious about basketball and they want to be good basketball players so it is important to them, which makes them easier to coach.”

In the game’s first 10 minutes, Camp scored 11 of the team’s first 30 points as the Hokies jumped out to a 30-6 lead. The stretch saw the Catamounts hit just 1 of 19 from the floor while Tech was 13 of its first 19.

Western Carolina (5-4) battled the rest of the game despite its significant deficit and would claw back to within 13 at 40-27 by the break. However, they would never get closer the rest of the way.

Justin Taylor tallied a team-high 32 points and Ace Easter added 18 for the Catamounts, who stayed close despite their 28 percent shooting from the floor with 18 made free throws.

Tech will take a week off before getting back on the court next Sunday. The Hokies welcome Radford to Cassell Coliseum with a 1 p.m. scheduled tip.

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