Dec. 7, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A late run by Virginia Tech, pushed the Hokies past the No. 25 Michigan State women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in Cassell Coliseum. Junior Becca Mills led the Spartans (5-4) with her first double-double of her career with game-highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Virginia Tech (7-2) scored the first 10 points of the afternoon and would grow its lead to 13 (19-6) with 11 minutes until halftime. The Spartans would run off the next 10 points and extend their run to 19-3, to take a 25-22 lead with 4:32 on the clock. However, the Hokies took the momentum into the break, closing the half on a 16-6 run.
The Hokies maintained their lead and increased it up to 12 points (55-43) with 9:35 left. After a Spartan timeout, MSU scored 12 unanswered points, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Annalise Pickrel and Branndais Agee, to even the score at 55 with 6:40 to go. The game would be tied on two other occasions down the stretch, including as late as 4:07, but Virginia Tech posted a 10-1 run late to put away the Spartans.
Agee added 11 points for the Spartans in her first career start.
Michigan State has a week off for final exams, before returning on Sunday, Dec. 15 when it hosts Oakland at 2 p.m.
- Mills became the fifth different Spartan to post a double-double this season, the most in the Big Ten.
- For the second-straight game, the Spartans played without starting point guard Kiana Johnson (infection).
- Michigan State out-rebounded Virginia Tech 42-37. The Hokies entered the day with a +12.6 rebound margin for the season.
- Cara Miller scored a career-high seven points and tied for career high with 19 minutes. Her two 3-pointers made, also was a career high.
- Annalise Pickrel played all 40 minutes for the third-straight game.