Kelly Miller scored four points in the final 37 seconds last night to secure No. 3 Georgia's 65-60 road victory over No. 18 Virginia Tech in the second round of the Women's Preseason NIT.
Camille Murphy had a career-high 16 points, making five of Georgia's six three-point goals. Deana Nolan had two fouls in the first minute, which brought Murphy into the game.
"You always have to be ready regardless of whether you start or come off the bench," Murphy said.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-0) took a 57-55 lead with a three-point play by Tawana McDonald with 4 minutes 3 seconds left. A jumper by Virginia Tech's Tere Williams tied it with 2:47 remaining, but Georgia rallied to take a 61-60 lead with about two minutes left on layups by Deana Noland and McDonald, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Miller, who finished with 13 points, closed the scoring with a jumper with 37 seconds on the clock and a layup as time expired.
Trailing 12-6 five minutes into the game, the Hokies (1-1) went on an 18-2 run to take a 24-14 lead with 8:10 left before intermission. But two three-pointers from Murphy helped close the gap.
The Lady Bulldogs picked up their defense in the second half, forcing 13 of Virginia Tech's 22 turnovers.
"They were switching on every screen and that made it really tough to get shots," said guard Amy Wetzel, who led the Hokies with 14 points. "They play great defense. They really get into the passing lane."
Sarah Hicks added 12 points for Virginia Tech and Nicole Jones had 11. Williams finished with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
BOSTON COLLEGE 77, DUKE 70: In Durham, N.C., Cal Bouchard scored 20 points and hit a key three-pointer with 2:39 left to lead the No. 20 Eagles over the No. 22 Blue Devils.
Bouchard's three-pointer, her only field goal of the second half, put Boston College up 69-67. Becky Gottstein added a putback off a miss by Bouchard with 1:43 left to give Boston College (2-0) a four-point lead.
Duke (1-1) trailed 71-70 with 1:03 remaining after a three-pointer by Georgia Schweitzer, but the Blue Devils missed six of their final seven shots, and Boston College went 6 for 6 from the foul line over the final 46 seconds.
Bouchard was 4 of 5 from three-point range, while Jamie Cournoyer led the Eagles with 21 points, going 7 for 11 from the field and 7 for 7 at the line. Alyssa Murphy added 17 points.
Schweitzer led Duke with 21 points, while Rochelle Parent notched her first career double-double and tied her career high in rebounds with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
ILLINOIS 77, OKLAHOMA ST. 62: Susan Blauser scored 25 points to lead the No. 13 Illini to a victory at home. Allison Curtin had 18 points and four assists for Illinois, which took the lead early and was ahead 42-30 at halftime. Tari Cummings was 3 of 4 from three-point range and scored 17 points to lead Oklahoma State (1-1).
UCSB 86, TEXAS CHRISTIAN 61: Erin Buescher had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Stacy Clinesmith had 11 points and 12 assists to lead No. 15 Cal Santa Barbara to a home victory over Texas Christian (1-1). The Gauchos (2-0) will play at Illinois in Sunday's semifinal.