|Virginia Tech 64, Rhode Island 62 (Women)
Sunday, February 14, 1999
|Riddle me this: how does the #11-ranked team in the
country, with a 22-1 record, almost lose to the worst team in their conference, a Rhode
Island team that came into the game 4-18 and 0-12 in the conference?
Furthermore, how does that #11 team shoot 25-42 (60%) from the field, outrebound that Rhode Island team 30-22, while Rhode Island is only shooting 42% ... and still barely win?
Sure, the Hokies outshot Rhode Island 60% to 42%, but the Rams outshot Tech, with 65 attempts to Tech's 42. The Rams' percentage was worse, but they made more shots (27) than Tech did (25). Although Rhode Island only had 22 rebounds, 9 of those were offensive rebounds, as compared to Tech's 7 offensive rebounds.
I didn't desert her, you understand - I just left her in a shop while I went out to the parking lot.
With things looking grim, the Rhode Island player missed both freebies, and amazingly, as the players scrambled for the rebound, the refs called a foul on Rhode Island. After seeing the tape-delayed telecast, I thought it may have been a foul, but certainly not one that you call with the game on the line. Tech's Katie O'Conner was the beneficiary, and she calmly stroked both free throws to put Tech up 63-62.
After the game, Bonnie Henrickson was beside herself. She paid compliments where they were due, but there weren't many to go around, other than to Rhode Island. Bonnie said she was as "disappointed as I've been in my two years here" with Tech's effort. Harsh words, but the team was deserving of them. They're better than this - way better - and missing free throws, turning the ball over 30 times, and not playing good help defense in the post are mistakes that are below a team of this caliber.
Sorry to be a downer, though. The bottom line is, good teams win even when they play poorly, and Tech did just that in this game. With the chips on the line, they flexed their winning ways and brought home the victory. Next up is their last road contest, Thursday night against La Salle, and then the Hokies come home for the much-anticipated, season-ending matchup with GW on Sunday in the Cassell. Get your tickets now (1-800-VATECH4), because that one is going to be a tough ticket to get.
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