Thursday, July 22, 2010

Virginia Tech: Fenyn leads way at Empire State Games

Virginia Tech rising sophomore Alyssa Fenyn scored a team-high 20 points to lead her Western squad past Hudson Valley 77-60 to kick off open women's basketball play at the retooled Empire State Games Thursday at Niagara University. Founded in 1978 as the nation's first state games, the Empire showcase saw its wildly successful run interrupted last year when the games were canceled due to budget cuts. 

Fenyn, who earned ACC All-Academic Team honors last season, is an Empire State Games veteran as she helped Western win a gold medal in the scholastic division in 2007. That team also featured Shenise Johnson, who last season earned first-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore at Miami, and Joelle Connelly, who transferred from Hofstra midway through last season and will now attend Temple.

This year, Fenyn is one of three Division I players on the Western team, along with Megan Shoniker (Rhode Island) and Liz Flooks (Niagara). Shoniker had 19 points in the win over Hudson Valley.

The basketball tournament continues through Sunday's noon gold medal game.

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