BLACKSBURG — For the third straight game, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team failed to score 50 points.
And for the third straight game, Tech lost.
Boston College led from the opening basket Thursday en route to a 53-46 win at Cassell Coliseum.
The Hokies (7-8, 1-3 ACC) shot just 27.5 percent from the field. It was the fourth time this season they shot worse than 30 percent from the field.
“We were out of sorts offensively for most of the game,” coach Dennis Wolff said. “We need to be way sharper offensively. We need to cut harder, move the ball quicker, hit the people that are open, don’t hold the ball as much.
“They kept it so packed in that we didn’t move with any sharpness.”
Monet Tellier had one of her worst shooting nights of the season, going just 3 of 13 from the field. Fellow starting guards Alyssa Fenyn and Lauren Evans were 1 of 8 and 1 of 6, respectively.
“We had open shots that we just didn’t hit,” said Tellier, who had 10 points. “Some of our shots were forced.”
Tech was 1 of 11 from 3-point range.
Tech, which lost 52-48 at Virginia on Jan. 3 and fell 48-45 to nationally ranked North Carolina last weekend, again played good defense Thursday. But it was the seventh time this season that Tech failed to reach 50 points.
The Hokies entered the game ranked last in the ACC in scoring offense (52.3 ppg) and next-to-last in both field-goal percentage (38.9 percent) and 3-point field-goal percentage (26.7 percent).
“Everybody’s fighting on the defensive end,” Wolff said. “We need to be more efficient offensively.”
Forward Uju Ugoka had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Hokies.
“She can turn around, jump and shoot over you, and in the women’s game we don’t see that a whole lot,” BC coach Erik Johnson said.
But for the fourth straight game, Ugoka and Tellier were the only Hokies who scored in double figures.
The Hokies went on a 12-3 run to cut the lead to 48-45 with 55.2 seconds left.
Kerri Shields was fouled by Ugoka, who fouled out of the game on the play, and made two free throws. After Tellier missed a 3-pointer, Tessah Holt sank two free throws to give BC a 52-45 cushion with 26.1 seconds left.
“We just need to start fighting from the first minutes,” Ugoka said. “We can’t just start fighting at the end.”
The Eagles (7-7, 1-2) ended the first half on a 9-0 run to build a 28-16 halftime lead. Tech had just five baskets in the half.
“They were more ready from the beginning, which I am a little bit at a loss to why that would happen to us in a home game,” Wolff said. “We’re going to have to address why we started the game and for a good portion of it played with a lack of energy.”
The Hokies hurt themselves with 11 turnovers in the first half.
“A lot of our turnovers were self-inflicted,” said Tellier, who had four of Tech’s 15 turnovers in the game.
The Eagles had lost three straight games, including a defeat at Hampton.
Kristen Doherty had 15 points for BC, which shot just 39.1 percent from the field.
“We found here what we expected to find tonight, which was a well-coached [Tech] basketball team that defended like crazy,” Johnson said. “Every screen we set, everywhere we wanted to go, there was somebody waiting for us.
“We defended with equal intensity, and I’m not sure you can play better defense than Virginia Tech does.”