GREENSBORO--Senior Shawnice Wilson scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Miami Hurricanes over Virginia Tech in game one of Day 1 of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. Fellow senior Morgan Stroman grabbed 13 scored 8 points of her own in the victory. The victory eliminates the Hokies from the tournament and effectively ends their season.
The Hokies (10-20, 4-14 ACC) got 11 points apiece from Monet Tellier and Uju Ugoka in defeat. Alyssa Fenyn added 10 points to help Virginia Tech.
The Hurricanes (21-9, 11-7 ACC) led 21-8 at halftime before the Hokies rallied to cut the lead to three with six minutes remaining. The Hokie surge was led by Tellier, who scored 10 of her 11 in the second half. Miami aided the Tech effort by turning the ball over 20 times during the contest.
In the end, it was Wilson and the Miami post players' 20-8 edge in the paint that closed out Virginia Tech's visit to Greensboro. Morgan Stroman's 13 rebounds emphatically established Miami's dominance in the paint.
"We were very flat and heavy, and that's where (Stroman) always really comes through," Miami coach Katie Meier said. "She had 13 rebounds and I don't think she'd say she played very well."
Next up for the 'Canes is a date in the Quarterfinals with Florida State. Tip-off is slated for 11:00 a.m. on Friday.