BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team opened its season in historic fashion Friday afternoon.
The Hokies recorded the most lopsided win in their history, thrashing Wagner 99-32 at Cassell Coliseum.
The 67-point margin of victory eclipsed a 105-40 rout of visiting Southern Mississippi in December 2004 as the most lopsided win in Tech history.
Tech’s 99 points were the most the team has scored since ringing up 103 against High Point in the 2007-08 season opener.
Seven players scored in double figures for Virginia Tech, which boasts more depth than it had last year.
“We have more bodies, so we constantly have people coming in, giving energy,” said forward Regan Magarity, who had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Wagner went 4-25 overall and 3-15 in the Northeast Conference last season. Only one player who saw action for Wagner last season is back.
Junior-college transfers Taylor Emery and Alexis Jean shined in their Tech debuts.
Emery, who was named the national JUCO player of the year last season, scored a game-high 20 points. The junior guard was 7 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
“I just went out there and had fun,” Emery said. “I was honestly just excited to be here. … I felt as if I’d put in a lot of hard work to get here.”
Jean, a forward who earned JUCO All-America honors last season, scored 16 points before tweaking her ankle in the third quarter. Tech coach Kenny Brooks said she could have returned to the game if needed.
Jean was 6 of 7 from the field, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range. Kendyl Brooks (12 points) had four of Tech’s 13 3-pointers.
Cal State Fullerton transfer Michelle Berry had 11 points and four steals in her Tech debut, while freshman Aisha Sheppard had 10 points in her Tech debut. Rachel Camp, who sat out last season as a medical redshirt, also had 10 points.
Chanette Hicks had six points and 10 assists for Tech.
“We get so many open looks because [of] Chanette’s penetration,” Kenny Brooks said. “If we can just step up and make shots throughout the year, I think we give ourselves a chance to be pretty good. … It gives us a chance to be really exciting. It’s a fun system.”
Up 34-15 with 4:51 left in the second quarter, Tech went on a 30-0 run to build a 64-15 cushion with 8:00 left in the third quarter.
The Hokies shot 60 percent from the field in the second quarter and 61.9 percent in the third quarter.
Wagner had more turnovers (35) than points. The Hokies had 14 steals.
“We are longer, we’re more athletic, so … we can get to more balls this year,” Brooks said.
The Seahawks shot just 28.6 percent from the field.