BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Chanette Hicks scored a career-high 29 points and No. 17 Virginia Tech used big second and third quarters for a 72-70 win over Wake Forest on Monday to improve to 12-0 at home this season.
Virginia Tech only scored seven points in the first quarter but used a 24-8 second-quarter spurt to take a 33-30 lead at the break behind Hicks’ 14 points. Hicks highlighted the Hokies’ 24-15 third quarter with a coast-to-coast layup for a 46-36 advantage.
Hicks, who averages 68.9 percent from the free-throw line, went 1 for 2 with 22.6 seconds left for a 70-66 lead. Milan Quinn had a putback of Ariel Stephenson’s miss with 13.9 seconds left to get Wake Forest within 70-68. But Samantha Hill sank two free throws for a four-point lead and after Elisa Penna made a long jumper for the Demon Deacons, Virginia Tech ran out the clock.
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Sidney Cook added 15 points and Regan Magarity had 14 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth straight double-double for Virginia Tech (16-1, 3-1 ACC). Hicks’ previous best was 24 points.
Amber Campbell scored 22 points for Wake Forest (10-7, 1-3). Penna and Quinn each added 15 points, and Quinn grabbed 14 rebounds.