GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Tennessee 64, Virginia Tech 58

Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Sara Puckett scored 15 points off the bench and led a decisive scoring run in the fourth quarter as No. 11 Tennessee defeated Virginia Tech 64-58.

Tennessee trailed 55-48 with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter before going on a 12-0 run to build a 60-55 lead with two minutes left. Puckett scored six consecutive points in the run and Jordan Horston finished it off with the last four.

Tennessee overcame a 30-point game by Virginia Tech's Aisha Sheppard, who made six of her first nine 3-point attempts as Virginia Tech took a 42-39 lead into the fourth quarter. Sheppard finished 7 of 16 from 3-point distance.

Both teams' scoring leaders were held in check. Horston, who averages 17.7 points and 10 rebounds, scored nine points on 3-for-13 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. The Hokies' Elizabeth Kitley (19.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg) scored four points on 1-for-12 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.

Jordan Walker made all four of her 3-point tries and led Tennessee with 17 points. Tamari Key had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Georgia Amoore scored 12 points for the Hokies.

The Lady Vols improved to 8-0 for the first time under third-year coach Kellie Harper. Virginia Tech fell to 7-2.


Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Dye F 19 4-10 0-2 0-1 1-7 1 0 0 3 2 8
T. Key C 34 5-8 1-3 0-0 7-12 1 5 2 3 3 11
J. Walker G 39 6-10 1-2 4-4 2-7 5 0 1 2 2 17
J. Horston G 21 3-13 3-4 0-1 1-6 1 0 2 2 4 9
T. Darby G 17 0-2 0-0 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 0
B. Miles 30 1-3 0-0 0-2 1-3 6 0 2 0 1 2
S. Puckett 26 7-11 0-0 1-2 0-3 0 1 0 2 2 15
K. Green 10 1-4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 1 3 3 2
E. Saunders 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Wynn 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals   199 27-62
(.435)
5-11
(.455)
5-11
(.455)
18-45 14 6 8 17 17 64


Virginia Tech
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Kitley C 40 1-12 2-6 0-1 1-9 2 3 2 3 3 4
G. Amoore G 35 5-9 0-0 2-4 0-0 3 0 0 6 1 12
A. Sheppard G 35 9-21 5-5 7-17 0-2 1 1 2 3 2 30
C. King G 26 2-4 1-1 2-4 0-3 1 0 0 0 5 7
A. Baines G 19 1-5 0-0 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 1 4 2
K. Traylor 24 0-2 0-0 0-1 3-3 2 0 0 0 0 0
E. Lytle 21 1-2 0-0 1-2 2-4 2 0 1 1 4 3
Totals   200 19-55
(.345)
8-12
(.667)
12-29
(.414)
9-29 11 5 5 14 19 58


Officials: Joseph Vaszily, Karen Preato, Billy Smith
Attendance: 2,631




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