Blacksburg, VA - The No. 19/20-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team fell on the road to Virginia Tech 71-52 on Sunday at Cassell Coliseum.
The Seminoles were led by Morgan Toles (13 points), but couldn’t contain Hokies Monet Tellier (24 points) and Uju Ugoka (21 points, 12 rebounds).
The Seminoles (20-7, 10-6 in the ACC) shot just 33 percent and dished a season-low six assists.
“Credit Virginia Tech,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “They played harder than us. They rebounded the ball exceptionally well. We let our lack of offense dictate how we played defensively. We got to 20 wins and relaxed. Anytime you relax against an ACC opponent, you are going to get beat.”
FSU led 13-9 when Alexa Deluzio hit a step-back three-pointer at the 14:45 mark in the first half.
Tellier answered by scoring seven consecutive points to put the Hokies in front 16-13. She made four of her first five shot attempts and had 12 points in the first eight minutes.
Virginia Tech went on a 14-0 run midway through the first half as FSU went cold. The Seminoles didn’t score a point for an eight-and-a-half minute stretch as the Hokies built a 23-13 lead.
Deluizo ended the drought with an off-balance jumper at the 6:08 mark in the first half, but Virginia Tech made back-to-back buckets to swell its lead to 27-15.
Tellier had 16 points in the first half, including a halftime buzzer-beater that gave the Hokies a 33-22 lead.
Led by Toles and Natasha Howard, FSU cut the deficit to 7 early in the second half after Howard rebounded her own miss and made a layup to make the score 37-30.
The Hokies used a 9-2 run to regain control, however. Alyssa Fenyn’s three with 13 minutes left put Virginia Tech in front, 46-32.
Tellier’s pull-up jumper with nine minutes left extended the VT advantage to 52-35.
The Hokes improved to 9-18 overall and 3-13 in the ACC.
The Seminoles return to action for “Senior Night” on Thursday against No. 8 Maryland at 7 p.m. in Tallahassee before wrapping up the regular season at Virginia next Sunday.