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Greensboro, N.C. (theACC.com) – In an opening-day thriller, capped off by Hannah Young’s last-second heroics, the 15th-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies defeated 10th-seeded NC State, 57-56, on Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the 38th annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Coming out of a timeout with 15 seconds to play, the Hokies worked the ball around the perimeter before finding Young in the left corner for a game-winning 18-foot jumper with 0.5 seconds showing on the clock. A desperate half court heave fell short for the Wolfpack.
With the win, the Hokies snapped a 16-game losing streak against the Wolfpack and are now 1-16 against them overall. Today was the first meeting between the teams in the ACC Tournament.
Pacing the way for the Hokies was sophomore Vanessa Panousis, who scored 19 points and dished out eight assists while playing 38 minutes. Kelsey Conyers and Sidney Cook also scored in double digits for Virginia Tech.
Sophomore guard Miah Spencer turned in a valiant effort for the Wolfpack, netting 19 points in the defeat.
After trailing for the majority of the first 12 minutes, Virginia Tech took its first lead of the game as the Hokies knocked down three consecutive threes to take a 22-21 lead.
The lead changed hands four times during the final seven minutes of the half as the teams entered the locker room deadlocked at 32-32.
The beginning of the second half started sluggish for both teams with only two combined field goals made through the first eight minutes of play.
After the Wolfpack pulled out to a six-point lead with 9:11 left in the game, the Hokies mounted a steady comeback to take their first lead of the second half, 51-50, with 6:14 to play on a Taijah Campbell hook shot in the lane.
Following two more lead changes and the Hokies clinging to a 55-53 lead, Spencer took her dribble off the right side and nailed a 15-footer plus a foul shot, to put the Wolfpack up 56-55 with 15.3 to play.
Young converted the game-winner on the following sequence.
Virginia Tech (11-19) moves on to face seventh-seeded Pitt (19-10) in Thursday’s 6 p.m. second-round game. The Hokies also snapped a nine-game losing streak on the season.
NC State finishes its season with a 16-14 mark overall.