Women's basketball team of the week: Virginia Tech
Scoring the program’s first win over a top-10 team since 2012, while improving its season record to an impressive 7-1, has helped propel the Virginia Tech Hokies to NCAA.com's Team of the Week honors.
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Virginia Tech snapped Tennessee’s home win streak of 45 against unranked teams, scoring a 57-43 win on Dec. 6 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Hokies last win over a top-10 team came when they defeated then-No. 8 Maryland 75-69 in College Park, Maryland, In 2012. Virginia Tech last started a season with a 7-1 record in 2007-08. Vanessa Panousis knocked down 5-of-8 from outside the arc and connected on 6-of-6 from the line to lead the Hokies with 21 points. Regan Magarity added 13 points, including a trio of shots from long range while grabbing seven rebounds and tallying three steals. Winners of five straight games since a loss on Nov. 18 at Georgetown, Virginia Tech’s win over Tennessee came just three days after the Hokies won at Penn State, 64-59 on Dec. 3. Panousis had 16 points and three rebounds in the over the Nittany Lions.
The Hokies next return home to host Morgan State on Dec. 9
Honorable mention teams of the week: Army, Baylor, Belmont, Brown, Canisius, Colorado State, Florida State, Hofstra, Idaho, Long Beach State, Marshall, Missouri, New Hampshire, Maryland, San Diego, UTEP and Youngstown State.