Butler Hands Virginia Tech First-Loss For 2017 Season At Paradise Jam In Melbourne
By Michael Parsons, EFSC // November 25, 2017
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Day 2 of the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam went down to the wire as Kristen Spolyar’s 3-pointer with three seconds left handed Virginia Tech its first loss of the season on the Melbourne campus of Eastern Florida State College Friday evening.
The Butler University sophomore finished with 20 points in the game as the Bulldogs won 79-77.
Virginia Tech’s Aisha Sheppard gave the Hokies a lead with a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining setting up the final play. Sheppard and Regan Magarity each finished with 13 points and Chanette Hicks had 12. Taylor Emery had a team-high 20 points.
Butler’s Tori Schickel led all scorers with 27 points and 15 rebounds. The Bulldogs will face Drexel in the first game of the final day of the Paradise Jam.
Drexel fell to the No. 11 team in the country, West Virginia in the first game on Friday. The Mountaineers broke the game open in the second quarter, outscoring Drexel 19-8 and heading to halftime up 39-21.
West Virginia was led by Teana Muldrow who finished with a game-high 25 points while Chania Ray had 11 points and Kristina King and Katrina Pardee each had 10 in the win.
West Virginia will look to wrap up the Paradise Jam title at 6 p.m. when they face Virginia Tech at Titan Field House.
Tickets for Saturday’s games can be purchased at the door and is $15 for both games.
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