After fighting for a close win in their first game of the season, the women’s basketball team put their second game out of reach early on, as they dominated the Wofford Terriers on Sunday.
The 93-53 win brings the Hokies’ record to 2-0 on the year. Freshman Monet Tellier led Tech with 11 points on the day, while sophomore Aerial Wilson led the team with six rebounds.
Tellier and sophomore Porschia Hadley took the places of Alyssa Fenyn and Brittany Gordon in the starting lineup after their impressive defensive performance against Presbyterian, and made an immediate impact.
“It wasn’t so much that I sat Brittany and Alyssa, it’s that I rewarded Monet and Porschia for their great defensive effort because when our backs were against the wall on Friday night, I wanted to reward the group that stepped up and played some defense,” said Beth Dunkenberger, head coach.
The Hokies’ went on a 10-0 run in the first four minutes of the game, with Wofford’s first points coming off a three-point field goal by April Moorhouse.
However, Tech answered immediately afterward, as Tellier drained a three pointer of her own on the ensuing fast break.
The sequence was representative of the Hokies’ early control of the game, as the lead swelled to 23 points with eight minutes left to go in the half.
The Hokies’ were particularly strong defensively in the first half, notching eight steals, and were able to capitalize on Wofford’s mistakes, as they scored 18 points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes alone.
“I think Friday our defense was a little slack but today we really picked it up,” said Taylor Ayers, a sophomore. “We have a lot to work on still, but it was our defense (that did well today).”
Tech went into the locker room at half time holding a 44-22 lead, which they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.
The beginning of the second half was considerably sloppier however, as each team was plagued by a series of bad misses, fouls and turnovers.
Despite these early struggles, the Hokies were still able to open the half on a 6-0 run, thanks to jumpers by Hadley and junior Shanel Harrison.