Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 1, 2014

Lady Pirates sink Va. Tech

Wire reports

HAMPTON, Va. — The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team could not recover from a slow start Wednesday, falling to Hampton 70-60 at the Hampton Convocation Center in both teams’ final non-conference game of the season.

Virginia Tech (10-3) cut a 19-point deficit in the second half down to 52-50 with 6:18 left on Hannah Young’s layup, but could not get the lead. The Hokies saw their four-game winning streak end.

Kenia Cole scored 30 points for the Lady Pirates (11-4) and Brielle Ward set a new school single-game record with 23 rebounds. Hampton out-rebounded the Hokies 54 to 46.

Monet Tellier grabbed 13 rebounds and scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half for Virginia Tech.

The Hokies shot 36.1 percent from the field (22 for 61) and made half of their 26 free throws. Hampton hit 32.3 percent from the field (21 of 65) and were 21 of 35 from the free throw line.

“I didn’t think we deserved to win, we waited way too long to start playing,” said Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff on the school's athletics website. “I commended the girls for the effort they put in during the second half, but a combination of missed foul shots and really not the right energy in rebounding in the first half, in particular, put us in to too big of a hole."

Virginia Tech will be back on the court on Sunday at 1 p.m. when the Hokies travel to Boston College to open the ACC slate.