Saturday, November 26, 2011

Virginia Tech falls on buzzer-beater to Minnesota

We're doing this first because it just ended and man, what a heartbreaker for the Hokies - Rachel Banham nailed a jumper at the buzzer to lift the Gophers. Monet Tellier had given the Hokies a 64-63 lead by making the first free throw with 9 seconds left. But Tellier missed the second, setting the stage for Banham's heroics. For  the game Tech made just 12 of 21 free throws. Tellier was otherwise brilliant - again - as she led Tech in points (18, on 7-of-12 shooting), rebounds (7) and assists (5). And while the Hokies (2-4) lost both games in this St. Mary's tournament, they may have left Moraga, Calif. with something they weren't sure they had when they arrived - another potential weapon in freshman Larryqua Hall. The 5-foot-10 Hall chipped in 7 points and 4 rebounds in her first significant action of the season, as she did not play in the Hokies' first four games and saw just five minutes in Tech's loss to St. Mary's in Friday's tournament opener.

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