VIRGINIA TECH 64, WEST VIRGINIA 61
MORGANTOWN, WV – Virginia Tech, which was just 5-of-20 from the 3-point line in an 18-point November loss to West Virginia, came through in the Postseason WNIT semifinals Wednesday thanks to a 3-pointer from junior college transfer Taylor Emery, which sent the Hokies into Saturday’s championship game against Indiana.
That game will be played at Indiana, set for a 3 p.m. ET tipoff, and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Trailing 61-60, Emery (the top-ranked JUCO player from 2016-17) got loose for the shot that put Virginia Tech (23-13) ahead, 63-61, with 22 seconds remaining. A free throw by Aisha Sheppard made it 64-61, and West Virginia (25-12) was unable to hit its final look.
Naomi Davenport hit a jumper for the Mountaineers to give them a 60-56 lead with 1:47 to go. Emery hit a shot 12 seconds later, and the Hokies drew closer on two free throws from Rachel Camp with 1:08 to go.
For VT, Emery had 23 points and five rebounds; Camp closed with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Regan Magarity added 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Mountaineers got 20 points from Teana Muldrow and 14 points from Davenport, with Kristina King reeling in 12 rebounds.
West Virginia pulled out of a first-half hole by scoring 15 points in the first four minutes of the third quarter, tying the game at 40-all as Muldrow hit two 3-pointers.
Virginia Tech used an 8-0 run to pull ahead early, hitting four 3-pointers on the way to a 19-12 lead after 10 minutes; the Mountaineers went 1-for-10 from the field in one stretch. The margin stayed just inside double figures at the half, as West Virginia was 0-for-9 from 3-point range and Magarity had nine points for VT, which took a 33-25 lead into the break.
The Mountaineers were just 4-of-19 from the 3-point line.