Deacons Fall At Virginia Tech 73-52
Dec. 22, 2012
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech got 51 combined points from Monet Tellier and Uju Ugoka and claimed a 73-52 victory Saturday afternoon in the ACC opener for both teams.
The loss drops Wake Forest to 5-6 on the season and 0-1 in the ACC while Virginia Tech evens its record at 5-5 and is 1-0 in the conference.
Senior Lakevia Boykin led the Deacons with 14 points as she was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Boykin also became the 20th Demon Deacon to record 1,000 career points and she now has 1,007 points in her career.
Ugoka, a junior college transfer playing in her first game of the season, scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Hokies. Tellier finished with 23 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. No other Hokie scored more than six points.
Tech shot over 52 percent from the floor and won the battle on the boards 38-26. Wake Forest shot 37 percent overall and was just 8-of-21 from the free throw line.
Virginia Tech came out of the gate hot, making five of its first six shots to take a 10-2 lead just four minutes into the game. Tellier had the hot hand as her three-pointer from the wing gave the Hokies a 17-5 lead with just under 11 minutes to play in the opening half.
Tellier and Ugoka scored Tech's first 27 points as Virginia Tech took as much as an 18-point lead at 27-9. At that point, the Deacs were 4-of-19 from the floor. Wake cut the lead to 13 on Douglas' first bucket of the game but the Hokies pushed-it right back to a 19-point lead just two minutes later. Tech would take a 35-20 edge into the locker room.
Wake Forest was 8-of-25 (32 percent) from the floor in the opening half and were just 3-of-10 from the free throw line. Virginia Tech shot 51.6 percent (16-of-31) and held a 22-12 edge on the boards.
Just like the first half, Virginia Tech made its first four shots of the second half and took a 43-24 lead forcing Wake Forest to take a timeout three minutes into the half. The lead hovered around the 20-point mark until a couple of free throws by Douglas cut the advantage to 17 points at 56-39 with 7:06 to play. Tech pushed the lead back up to 21 on a pair of lay-ins by Ugoka but Boykin followed with a pair of three-pointers on the Deacon end to pull Wake to within 15 at 62-47 with 3:45 to play. That would be as close as the Deacons would get as Virginia Tech claimed a 73-52 victory.
The Demon Deacons will break for Christmas before closing out non-conference place next weekend with a pair of games. Wake Forest will host Campbell on Saturday, Dec. 29 and Nevada on Monday, Dec. 31. Both games are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.