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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A quick first basket from Amari Carter (Washington, D.C.) opened the scoring for the Penn State women's basketball team, but Virginia Tech hit four 3-pointers in the opening quarter and used a 20-0 run between the first and second quarter to grab the momentum in the WNIT Third Round game at the Bryce Jordan Center.
After Virginia Tech opened up a 23-point lead near the end of the second quarter, Penn State was able to regroup during the break and trimmed the Hokie lead to just nine points with 13-seconds to play in the third period. A 3-pointer at the buzzer for Virginia Tech pushed the lead back to double-figures and Penn State couldn't get the deficit back to single-digits until late in the final stanza.
Sophomore Teniya Page (Chicago, Ill.) became the ninth Lady Lion to score 600-plus points in a single season, as she reached double digits for a 16th-straight game and registered her 15th 20-point game of the season. Page pushed her season total to 618 points, which moved her career total to 1,107 tallies to move her into No. 31 on the career scoring charts. Her 3 assists tonight pushed her into No. 20 on the career charts with a career total of 240.
Carter scored 10 points, her eighth double-figure scoring game of the season and third-straight in the WNIT. Carter added two assists and seven rebounds against the Hokies.
0:02 in the third quarter
While the 20-0 run was a big difference, the Lady Lions eventually trimmed the lead to nine points with seconds left in the third quarter, 46-37. After the Page layup got the lead to single-digit, Samantha Hill banked in a 3-pointer to steal back momentum and give the Hokies a 12-point edge entering the fourth quarter.
- G Teniya Page -- Scored 23 points tonight for her 15th 20-point game of the season. Reached double-figures for the 15th-straight game and moved her season total to 618 points. Added six rebounds and three assists. Moved into No. 31 on the career scoring charts, ending the year with 1,107 tallies.
- G Amari Carter --Tied for No. 4 on freshman starts chart with her 32nd start tonight. Scored 10 points tonight, with 7 rebounds and 2 assists.
- F Kaliyah Mitchell --Tallied nine points and 5 rebounds.
- G Chanette Hicks -- Lead the Hokies in scoring with 13 points. Added three rebounds and six assists.
- G Kendyl Brooks -- Notched 11 points and five rebounds.
- F Sidney Cook -- Posted 11 points with six rebounds.
- G Samantha Hill -- Put up 12 points with five rebounds and three assists.
- G Vanessa Panousis -- Scored 12 points on four 3-pointers.
The first quarter featured all three ties and three scoring changes, the final coming on the first of four makes from 3-point range in the game by Vanessa Panousis. After Penn State opened scoring on a layup from Amari Carter on the opening possession, Penn State was never able to build a lead of more than two points. The Hokies closed the quarter with five-straight points, which was the start of a game-changing run.
Virginia Tech 20, at Penn State 13
The Hokies kept the Blue and White off the scoreboard for the first 7:41 of the second quarter, notching the first 15 points of the stanza. A Siyeh Frazier (Detroit, Mich.) free throw put up the first point for Penn State in the quarter at 2:19. Carter and Kaliyah Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) followed with one free throw and layup, respectively.
Virginia Tech 37, at Penn State 17
Penn State outscored Virginia Tech 20-12 in the third quarter, led by Teniya Page's 11 points to trim the Hokies' lead to single-digits with 13-seconds left in the frame. A banked in 3-pointer from Samantha Hill at the buzzer pushed the VT lead back to 12 points heading into the fourth quarter.
Virginia Tech 49, at Penn State 37
Penn State outscored Virginia Tech in the fourth quarter, as well, but couldn't get any closer than nine points down the stretch. No team could muster an extended run, as Page led Penn State seven points and Mitchell added four tallies in her final quarter as a Lady Lion. Penn State made eight field goals to just four makes for Virginia Tech.
at Penn State 55, Virginia Tech 64