No. 13 Va. Tech 65, St. Joseph’s 56
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Katie O’Connor scored 19 points and Tere Williams had 18 as No. 13 Virginia Tech broke open a tie game with five minutes left and defeated St. Joseph’s 65-56 on Friday night.
Virginia Tech (17-0, 7-0 Atlantic 10) remained the only unbeaten women’s team in Division I, while St. Joseph’s (11-6, 6-1) had its five-game winning streak snapped.
St. Joe’s Melissa Coursey sank three free throws to tie the game at 41 with 5:06 remaining. But the Hawks went scoreless for the next 3:25 and lost their top scorer and rebounder, Susan Moran, when she fouled out with 2:38 to play. Moran left with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
O’Connor sank a long jumper with 4:50 left to put Virginia Tech ahead, and she and Williams accounted for all but two of the Hokies’ points during their 19-10 run in the final five minutes.
Jana Lichnerova had a chance to pull the Hawks to within four with 1:20 to play, but her shot bounced off the rim. Williams rebounded, was fouled and sank both free throws to put the Hokies ahead 60-52.
Nearly 8,400 fans came to see the game between the league’s two top teams, shattering the previous attendance record of 5,132 for a women’s game at Cassell Coliseum.
Virginia Tech fell behind 25-20 in the first half, but went on a 11-3 run and used O’Connor’s 3-pointer with two seconds left to take a 31-28 lead.