Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, February 11
Feb. 11, 2008
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - A record-setting night by Brittany Cook and the clutch play of Utahya Drye led Virginia Tech to a thrilling 81-73 overtime victory Monday night at BankUnited Center on the University of Miami campus. Tech improved to 14-11, 1-9, while Miami falls to 9-15, 2-7.
The victory was a game of firsts as the Hokies won their first ACC game of the year, their first road win of the season and picked up their first-ever victory at Miami.
Cook (r-Jr., Narrow, Va.) tallied 36 points, including 27 points in the second half and overtime, breaking the Virginia Tech record for most points in a game set by Renee Dennis' 34-point effort against Memphis State on Feb. 7, 1987. As amazing as Cook's night was, without the heroics of Drye, the game could have easily been lost.
Drye (So., Durham, N.C) hit a desperation three-point on an in-bounds play with one second on the shot to pull the Hokies within 67-65 at the 2:06 mark in regulation. After a bucket by Maurita Reid, who led the Canes with 26 points, Cook responded with a layup with 49 seconds remaining which was followed by a missed three-point attempt by Albrey Grimsley.
Following a Tech timeout with 12 ticks on the clock, the set up a play from half court. The Hurricanes, who had committed only two fouls in the half, decided not to use to drain the clock and Drye hit a jumper eight seconds later to force overtime at 69-69.
The extra session was all Virginia Tech as Cook nailed two treys to give the Hokies a 75-69 edge they would never relinquish. A jumper and a layup by Amber Hall (Jr., Tallahassee, Fla.) concluded the scoring as Tech cruised to the final margin.
Besides Cook's 36 points, including a career-high five treys, Drye added 15 points and Hall contributed 10 points.