January 31, 2016
Hokies fall to No. 11/11 Florida State, 68-50
Hicks tallies 11 points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds
Virginia Tech (14-7, 2-6 ACC) 58142350
Florida State (18-4, 8-1 ACC) 1611182368
  • the Tucker Center - Tallahassee, Florida - 3,017
  • High Points: 10 - Chanette Hicks
  • High Rebounds: 4 - Chanette Hicks, Rachel Camp, Samantha Hill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team fell to No. 11/11 Florida State, 68-50, on the road Sunday afternoon at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

“I thought it was a good effort against a very good Florida State team,” head coach Dennis Wolff said. “The players are to be commended, they fought until the very end. In the second half, there were a lot of good basketball plays. I think this may have been Chanette Hicks’ best game all around. Against a very good player, I thought she guarded great and moved the ball well. We turned the ball over too much early, but once we settled down in the second half, we were better.”

Chanette Hicks led the Hokies (14-7, 2-6 ACC) with 11 points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds as she set the new freshman class steals record. Hicks now has 62 steals this season, breaking the record of 57 set by Ieva Kublina (2000-01) and Sonya Dalton (1979-80).

Sidney Cook chipped in nine points while Regan Magarity and Samantha Hill added eight points each.

With a 3-pointer in the third quarter, Vanessa Panousis became the 24th player in Virginia Tech women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point milestone and just the ninth player to do so as a junior.

Both teams got off to a slow start on the offensive side as the Seminoles held an 8-5 lead with 3:44 to play in the opening quarter. Florida State pushed its lead using a 10-0 run that extended into the second frame to go on top 18-5. The Hokies outscored the Seminoles 8-4, cutting the lead to single digits (22-13) with 2:31 to go in the second quarter. FSU scored the final points of the opening half to take a 27-13 lead into the break.

The Seminoles took their largest lead of the game in the third quarter, going on top by 23, 45-22 with 2:02 on the clock. Virginia Tech used a 13-4 run to close the gap to 14 (49-35) with 7:16 to play. The Hokies closed to 14 several times in the final frame, but were unable to get any closer as the Seminoles used solid shooting from the line (12-of-14) to secure the win.

Tech shot 32.7 percent from the field including 31.6 percent from outside the arc. The Hokies went 10-of-12 from the line. Florida State connected on 41.1 percent from the field and was 23.5 percent from long range. The Seminoles were 18-of-21 from the free throw line.

Florida State held a 41-27 advantage on the boards, including 17 offensive rebounds for 21 second-chance points. Tech forced 14 FSU turnovers to hold a 17-16 scoring advantage in points of turnovers.

The Hokies will be back on the court Thursday, Feb. 4, hosting Georgia Tech. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.

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