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The Hokies pull off an upset for the second consecutive night
Greensboro, N.C. (theACC.com) – For the second day in a row, the 15th-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies took down a higher seed, this time beating No. 7 Pitt, 51-45, in a defensive battle on Thursday night in the second round of the 38th annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
In a game where offense was at a premium, Virginia Tech’s Vanessa Panousis’ 20 points were a game high and her perfect 6-for-6 from the line helped seal the game down the stretch.
During the second half, Panousis connected on her 72nd three-pointer of the season, setting a new school record. The sophomore finished 4-of-11 from downtown.
Pitt was paced by freshman Stasha Carey, who recorded her sixth career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Carey was the only Panther in double figures.
The Hokies stumbled out of the gates, shooting 1-for-11 in the game’s first eight minutes as the Panthers mounted a 10-3 lead. Virginia Tech battled back to tie the game on three separate occasions and finally took its first lead, 17-15, with 35 seconds left in the half.
After Pitt tied the contest on a Cora McManus jumper with 23 seconds on the clock, Virginia Tech’s Taijah Campbell cleaned up a missed lay-in at the buzzer and sent the Hokies to the locker room with a lead, 19-17.
Virginia Tech quickly built a nine point advantage shortly after halftime and maintained a steady lead throughout the rest of the game. Pitt cut the lead to two on a free throw by Carey with 39 seconds left but their comeback came up short as the Hokies were perfect from the charity stripe in the final minute.
Virginia Tech (12-19) moves on to face second-seeded Florida State (27-3) in Friday’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal game. The Hokies have now won two-straight contests after losing nine in a row.
With the loss, Pitt falls to 19-11 on the season overall.