Virginia Tech knocks out PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — A quick first basket from Amari Carter 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 quarters to grab the momentum for a 64-55 win in the third round of the WNIT on Thursday 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 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.

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.

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 Carter on the opening possession, it 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.

The Hokies kept PSU off the scoreboard for the first 7:41 of the second quarter, notching the first 15 points of the stanza.

A Siyeh Frazier free throw put up the first point for Penn State in the quarter at 2:19. Carter and Kaliyah Mitchell followed with one free throw and layup, respectively.

Penn State outscored Virginia Tech 20-12 in the third quarter, led by 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 Tech lead back to 12 points heading into the fourth quarter.

Penn State outscored Virginia Tech in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get any closer than nine points down the stretch. Neither team could muster an extended run, as Page led Penn State with 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.

VIRGINIA TECH (20-13): Cook 5-11 1-2 11, Magarity 2-11 0-0 5, Panousis 4-13 0-0 12, Hicks 4-8 5-8 13, Hill 4-10 2-2 12, Brooks 4-7 0-0 11, Kinder 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 23-60 8-12 64.

PENN STATE (21-11): Thomas 1-1 1-2 3, Carter 5-15 0-0 10, Moore 1-3 0-0 2, Page 7-16 6-7 23, Travascio-Green 1-5 0-0 3, Frazier 1-2 1-2 3, Mitchell 4-8 0-0 9, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Whitted 1-2 0-0 2. Totals — 21-52 8-11 55.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Virginia Tech 20 17 12 15 — 64

Penn State 13 4 20 18 — 55

3-point field goals: Virginia Tech 10-28 (Panousis 4), Penn State 5-12 (Page 3). Rebounds: Virginia Tech 37 (Magarity 8), Penn State 33 (Carter 7). Assists: Virginia Tech 13 (Hicks 6), Penn State 9 (Page 3).

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