BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Chanette Hicks had 24 points and a career-high eight steals, Sidney Cook scored 14 points with 12 rebounds and Virginia Tech held off No. 17 Tennessee 67-63 on Sunday, defeating the Lady Vols for the second-straight season.
Vanessa Panousis had 16 points for the Hokies (6-0), who won 57-43 in Knoxville after losing the previous seven meetings.
The Lady Vols (3-2), who lost their second straight, closed the first half on a 19-7 run to take a 31-28 lead. Virginia Tech made 11 of 20 shots in the third, while Tennessee was 5 of 14, to take a 55-44 lead.
Samantha Hill pushed the lead to 13 before the Lady Vols battled back, closing within 62-61 on a Mercedes Russell layup with 43 seconds left. Hicks answered with a layup, but failed to convert the 3-point play and after a Tennessee miss, Hicks made two free throws with 12 seconds left. Tennessee got a bucket but Hill closed it out with a free throw.
Russell led Tennessee with 17 points and 14 rebounds and her three blocked shots moved her into the career top 10.
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