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(23) Virginia Tech 81

(12-4, 2-1 ACC)

Clemson 66

(7-9, 1-3 ACC)

    7:00 PM ET, January 20, 2005

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    #23VT 20 6181
    CLEM 34 3266

    Hokies' early 15 -2 run dooms Tigers

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Kirby Copeland tied her career high with 15 points and Virginia Tech (No. 23 AP) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 81-66 victory over Clemson on Thursday night.

    The Hokies (12-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) had won nine straight to crack the national rankings earlier this month. But they found things much tougher in their first season in the ACC, losing by 21 to top-ranked Duke and then by one in overtime to North Carolina State.

    Clemson, another of the ACC's traditional women's basketball powers, figured to be another difficult challenge. However, the Hokies made sure they put this one away early with a 15-2 first-half run.

    Copeland began the charge with an inside basket. Carrie Mason, who leads the ACC in 3-point shooting, made one behind the arc for a 22-16 Virginia Tech lead. Backup Fran Recchia added a 3-pointer and Dawn Chriss hit a driving layup to keep things going.

    Recchia closed the spurt with her second 3-pointer and the Hokies were up 30-16.

    The Lady Tigers (7-9) have lost three straight and five of their last seven. Their 1-3 start in the ACC is the worst under coach Jim Davis since the 1990-91 season.

    Clemson's Tasha Taylor had nine of her career-high 11 points in the second half. The Lady Tigers had 25 turnovers and shot just 28.1 percent (25 of 71).

    Copeland, a sophomore, matched her career high set against St. Francis on Dec. 12 and against Davidson on Dec. 30. Chriss and Britney Anderson had 12 points each for the Hokies. Mason finished with 10 points.

    Virginia Tech, which had lost both previous games at Clemson, never gave the Lady Tigers a chance to get back in this one. When Clemson's Julie Talley and D'Lesha Lloyd hit back-to-back baskets to make it 32-20, Chriss responded with a breakaway layup.

    When Moreemi Davis' three-point play sparked Clemson right before the half, Mason dribbled downcourt and stroked a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Virginia Tech a 39-25 lead at the break.

    The Hokies never let the lead shrink below 14 the rest of the way.

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