BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Shawnta’ Dyer scored 15 points to lead No. 8 Louisville to a 69-49 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night.
Dyer shot 6 of 8 from the floor and 3 for 4 from the free-throw line to lift the Cardinals (23-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their fourth straight win and sixth in their last seven games.
Trailing 7-3, the Cardinals used a 17-5 run to pull ahead for good. Five players scored as Louisville shot 8 for 12 from the field in the run. The Hokies were just 2 for 8 and committed six of their 12 first-half turnovers in that span.
Mariya Moore added 14 points for Louisville, and Smith finished with 12.
Vanessa Panousis scored 11 points to lead Virginia Tech (10-17, 1-13), which has lost seven straight and 12 of 13.
The Hokies trailed 34-23 at halftime before pulling to 38-33 on a field goal by Panousis with 17:09 left. However, Moore answered with her fourth 3-pointer of the game to start an 18-4 run, and the Hokies got no closer.
Virginia Tech made just one field goal over the next 8:44 after Panousis’ basket. The Hokies missed 10 of 11 shots in that span.
Louisville: The Cardinals reached 23 wins for just the fifth time in school history. … The Cardinals are now holding opponents to just 56 points per game, ranking first in the ACC in scoring defense. … They ranked fourth in the ACC in field-goal percentage defense at 36.7 percent and held the Hokies to just 35.2 percent (19 of 54). … Sara Hammond played in her 133rd career game, seventh-most in school history. Hammond has started 106 of those games.
Virginia Tech: The game marked the Hokies’ final home game of the season and the school recognized Kelsey Conyers, the team’s lone senior, before the game. … Panousis, the Hokies’ leading scorer coming in (13.2 ppg), has hit just 26 of 94 (27.7 percent) from the floor during Virginia Tech’s losing streak. … Rachel Camp, Virginia Tech’s other double-figure scorer, has hit just 14 of 61 (23 percent) during the Hokies’ losing skid.
Louisville: At Notre Dame on Monday.
Virginia Tech: At Virginia on Sunday.
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