Virginia Tech on the road to face Georgia Tech

BLACKSBURG - The No. RV/RV Virginia Tech women's basketball team is back on the road to face ACC foe Georgia Tech. Game time is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.

Date/Time: February 5, 2017 / 2 p.m.
Opponent: Georgia Tech
Site: Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
Radio: 100.7 FM WNMX / HokiesXtra
Talent: Andrew Allegretta, play-by-play
Live Stats:
Live Video: ACCNetwork Extra
Game Notes: Virginia Tech | Georgia Tech

THE HOKIES (16-6, 3-6 ACC)
Virginia Tech fell to No. 7/8 Notre Dame the last time out. Chanette Hicks led the Hokies with 14 points while handing out seven assists and grabbing three steals to move into fifth place on the Tech career steals list. Regan Magarity tallied her 12th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Tech got out on the Irish, hitting three quick baskets and forcing Notre Dame into four early turnovers to take a 7-3 lead in the first three minutes. The Hokies maintained the advantage and were on top 9-8 midway through, but Notre Dame outscored Tech 11-2 to take a 19-11 lead at the end of the quarter. The Hokies trailed 32-21 with four minutes on the clock and closed out the half on an 8-2 run, cutting it to a five-point game at the break. Notre Dame opened the third with an 11-2 run. Tech cut it down to 11 several times over the next few minutes and trailed by as many with 3:45 to go. ND again answered and took a 61-43 lead in the final seconds of the frame. The Hokies looked to make a run, cutting it back down to an 11-point game early in the fourth, but that is as close as Tech would get as Notre Dame closed out for the win.

Hicks leads the Hokies, averaging 15.8 points, 5.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game. Sidney Cook is posting 13.8 ppg and 9.0 rpg. Magarity is averaging 13.3 ppg and 10.0 rebounds per game while Samantha Hill is adding 10.0 ppg.

Magarity is currently one of two players in the ACC averaging a double-double overall on the season along with Milan Quinn of Wake Forest (11.0 ppg/10.0 rpg). In league play Magarity has upped her numbers with 14.3 ppg, 11.4 rpg.

Georgia Tech fell 65-64 in overtime at Virginia on Thursday. Zaire O’Neil had a double-double to lead the Yellow Jackets with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Imani Tilford added 15 points and Katarina Vuckovic chipped in 11 points.

The Yellow Jackets trailed 44-27 at the break after UVA shot 52.9 percent in the opening 20 minutes. In the second half, Georgia Tech’s defense went to work, holding the Cavaliers to 15 combined points in the third and fourth, helping the Yellow Jackets to erase a 22-point deficit. A layup in the final 10 seconds from O’Neil forced overtime. Virginia drained a jumper with 16.5 to go in the extra frame and fouled Georgia Tech in the final seconds, but the Yellow Jackets were unable to convert as UVA held on for the win.

O’Neil leads the Jackets on the season, averaging 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Kaylan Pugh is adding 10.9 ppg while Francesca Pan is tallying 9.9 ppg.

Georgia Tech holds the 9-5 lead in the series and won last season’s meeting 51-34 in Blacksburg.

Cook had nine points while Vanessa Panousis added eight for the Hokies. Vuckovic led the Yellow Jackets with 15 points.

The last Tech win in Georgia was a 63-61 decision on Feb. 8, 2013. Former Hokie player Monet Tellier dropped in 24 points. Georgia Tech’s Tayaunna Marshall had 15.

Up Next: Virginia Tech is back at home to host Louisville on Thursday, Feb. 9. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.

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