December 21, 2015
Hokies rally past Radford, 47-40
Magarity leads all scorers with 16 points
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Radford (4-6 (0-1)) 16761140
Virginia Tech (11-1) 810151447
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 1,547
  • High Points: 16 - Regan Magarity
  • High Rebounds: 7 - Chanette Hicks, Rachel Camp

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team rallied from a 23-18 halftime deficit on Monday afternoon to beat Radford, 47-40.

Trailing 25-18 with 9:29 remaining in the third quarter, Tech went on a 13-0 run to take the lead as the Hokies held the Highlanders scoreless for 8:32 of the third quarter. The run started on a Dominique Powell layup as the Hokies used a combination of free throws and layups.

“First I’d like to commend Radford,” head coach Dennis Wolff said. “They are a very well coached team and played well enough to win. I’m proud of our team, in a game where our two leading scorers weren’t in it at all on offense, that Sami Hill, Rachel Camp, Regan Magarity all gave us a good lift. Have to commend Radford on how well coached they are and how well the played, we are happy to come out of this with a win.”

The win marked the ninth straight victory for the Hokies who improve to 11-1 on the season and are off to their best start since 2005-06 while the Highlanders fell to 4-6.

Magarity scored a season-high 16 points and had three rebounds. Camp had eight points and seven rebounds. Powell added seven points and grabbed five rebounds while Chanette Hicks had seven points and seven rebounds.

The Hokies only shot 28.6 percent from the field but made up for it by forcing 21 Radford turnovers. Tech was able to turn that pressure into a 17-3 advantage in points off turnovers. The Hokies had a slight edge in rebounds, 36-33 and outscored Radford’s bench 18-4.

After Radford finished the first quarter shooting 7-of-9, Tech’s defense limited the Highlanders, as they only shot 25.9 percent (7-27) for the remaining three quarters.

Radford looked to make a run in the fourth quarter, using an 8-2 run to cut into the Hokies’ 34-29 lead and go up 36-35 with 8:16 remaining. The teams traded baskets before Magarity and Hill hit back-to-back layups to start a 6-0 run that would allow Tech to take the lead for good.

The Hokies went 15-of-22 at the free throw line while the Highlanders shot 10-of-18. Virginia Tech struggled to make 3-pointers, going 0-of-15 from behind the arc.

Virginia Tech will be off for the holidays until Dec. 30 before returning to Cassell Coliseum to host Furman University at 3 p.m. in the second game of doubleheader as the men host No. 19 West Virginia at noon.

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