Deacons Fall To Virginia Tech 62-52 On Senior Night
Senior Sandra Garcia
Senior Sandra Garcia

Feb. 28, 2013

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By Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior Sandra Garcia notched her third double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds but Virginia Tech spoiled her senior night with a 62-52 victory on Thursday.

The loss drops the Deacons to 12-17 overall and 5-12 in the ACC while Virginia Tech wins its second-straight and is now 10-18 on the year and 4-13 in the conference.

Garcia led all players on the night with her 12 rebounds. She has grabbed 44 rebounds over the last four games and has all three of her double-doubles in that stretch.

Junior point guard Chelsea Douglas led all scorers with 18 points and she made three more three-pointers.

For Virginia Tech, Alyssa Fenyn scored 16 points and dished-out five assists while Uju Ugoka came off the bench to score 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Wake Forest had a hard time getting into an offensive flow, shooting just 31 percent and turning the ball over 20 times. Virginia Tech won both the turnover battle and the battle on the glass.

The first half wasn't pretty for either team. Virginia Tech started the game by making four of its first five shots and grabbed a 12-4 lead. The Deacs, who had just nine points at the under-eight media timeout, had a tough time getting into an offensive rhythm. Wake cut the lead to four on a couple of occasions but Tech scored the final four points of the half to head to the locker room up 26-18.

Garcia led all scores at the break with eight points and six rebounds. The Deacons shot just 31.8 percent and had nine turnovers in the opening half.

After the Deacs cut the margin to five out of the locker room, Virginia Tech went on a 13-2 run over the next seven minutes to shove the lead out to 39-23 with 11:02 to play. Wake slowly climbed back into the game as a pair of Douglas free throws trimmed the lead to 44-36 with just over six minutes left.

The Virginia Tech dagger came a minute and a half later as Fenyn hoisted a desperation shot from well beyond the three-point line as the shot clock was expirering and it banked it. That shot shifted the momentum and the Hokies pushed the lead back to 14 points with less than two minutes to go.

Wake Forest will close out the regular season this Sunday as it travels to No. 9 Maryland. The game is set to tip-off at 2 p.m.

 

 

 

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