West Virginia, Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball Teams Claim Victories Day 1 of Paradise Jam In Melbourne
By Michael Parsons, EFSC // November 24, 2017
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Virginia Tech and West Virginia picked up victories on the first day of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam held at Eastern Florida State College’s Titan Field House on the Melbourne campus.
The day began with the No. 11 team in the country West Virginia playing Butler University and it was a close game throughout as the Mountaineers posted the 75-68 win behind a balanced scoring attack.
Five players scored at least 10 points in the game with Teana Muldrow leading the way with 18 points. Teammate Naomi Davenport finished with a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Chania Ray also had 16 points while Kristina King and Katrina Pardee each finished with 10 points.
Butler’s Whitney Jennings finished with 24 points and Kristen Spolyar had 17 in the game.
In Game 2 of the day, Virginia Tech pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Drexel 79-67. The Hokies were led by Taylor Emery who had a game-high 25 points while Chanette Hicks added 19 points. Port St. Lucie native Alexis Jean finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Down 11 points at the half, Drexel came out hot in the third quarter, scoring 27 points behind Aubree Brown’s 11-point quarter. Brown finished with team-high 18 points.
Virginia Tech came back in the fourth quarter to pick up their fifth straight win to open the season.
Day 2 of the Paradise Jam will begin at 3:30 p.m. when West Virginia takes on Drexel University. Virginia Tech will play Butler University at 6 p.m. at Titan Field House.
Tickets can be purchased at Titan Field House and are $15 for both games or $40 for the tournament pass, which is good for Friday and Saturday’s games.
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