Virginia Tech Hits Free Throws in Final Minute to Defeat Georgetown in Women’s Basketball
WASHINGTON – Georgetown led or was tied with #25 Virginia Tech for 19 minutes of the second half but Virginia Tech hit seven straight free throws after the score was knotted at 64-64 with 1:13 to play and defeated the Hoyas in McDonough Gymnasium, 71-64.
The Hoyas’ Lesley Walker (Silver Spring, Md./Wheaton) and the Hokies’ Erin Gibson carried their respective teams in the first half. Walker scored 14 points off of driving layups while Virginia Tech’s Gibson had six offensive rebounds and ended the half with 11 points. GU held a 10-point lead with 8:20 in the half, but Hoyas’ center Zsuzsanna Horvath (Budapest, Hungary/ELTE Trefort Agoston (Central Fla. C.C.)) picked up her second foul and was forced to the bench. Virginia Tech ended the half on a 14-4 run to knot the score at 31.
In the second half Georgetown’s largest lead was eight points with just under nine minutes to play. But Virginia Tech’s Sarah Hicks heated up hitting four of six from the field. Strong rebounding and putback baskets by Ieva Kublina and Gibson helped the Hokies tie GU at the 1:13 mark, 64-64. Hicks netted six straight free throws in the final :25 seconds to seal the game.
Georgetown ended the night with three double digit scorers, including Duany’s team high 18, Walker’s 17 and Mary Lisicky’s (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) 14. Duany has now scored in double digits eight straight games. Tech had four players in double digits led by Gibson’s 18. Duany led the Hoyas in rebounding with 11, for her second double double of the season. Shawntese Charles (Washington, D.C./St. John’s), who ripped down a career high 10 rebounds also helped the Hoyas on the boards. Virginia Tech’s Gibson had a double double by leading the Hokies in rebounding with 14.
The Hoyas will next face #1 ranked Connecticut at home on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 8 p.m.