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The Virginia Tech Hokies Defeat the Rider Broncs in the First Round of the WNIT

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Virginia Tech vs Wisconsin Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The women of Virginia Tech ended the regular season on a high note with an 82-79 win over the Boston College Eagles. The victory halted an 11-game skid that saw the Hokies post a disappointing 4-12 conference record and fall from a peak national ranking of No. 15. The Hokies then lost a close match in the ACC tournament, falling in the opening round to the Clemson Tigers, 66-67. Because of the last of the season the Fighting Gobblers missed out on the NCAA Tournament, but were selected to the WNIT.

For the first round the Hokies hosted the Rider Broncs at Cassell Coliseum. Regan Magarity earned her 15th double-double of the year and led the team with point and rebounds with 25 and 12, respectively. The performance ties Magarity with Uju Ugoka for single season double-doubles.

Regan Magarity was 10-13 for FGs and 5-8 for FTs. Chanette Hicks was 8-16 FGs and 5-8 FTs adding 21 points and five rebounds. Samantha Hill also contributed 19 points on 7-14 FGs and 3-3 FTs. The Hokies were 29-65 (44.6%) for field goals, 5-18 (27.8%) on 3PTs, and 13-19 (68.4%) regarding free throws. The team had 47 total rebounds. All of that effort resulted in the Hokies continuing their dominance of non-conference opponents and winning the first round of the NIT by defeating Rider, 76-62.

Tomorrow the Hokies will host the Naval Academy, in Blacksburg, for the second round of the WNIT. The Middies are rolling in after a 61-51 overtime win over George Washington. This is the first post season win in the history of the USN academy’s program, and they will certainly be riding a high.

The game starts at 2PM tomorrow (19MAR17). Best of luck!

Go Hokies!