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Original Frameworks literally has thousands of pieces of art for sale. From Civil War items (autographs, documents, period art, and limited edition prints), antique artwork, posters, work by local artists and of course, the largest collection of Virginia Tech art/memorabilia (including the famous 1999 BC game "sunset" photo) in the area.
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Youíll have to excuse any player from the Virginia Tech womenís basketball team if she does not want to board a roller coaster any time soon. The ladiesí 2004-2005 season had more ups and downs than Disneyís Space Mountain.
It all came to a screeching halt with a 79-78 loss to No. 16 DePaul University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 20. The game was very representative of how the season transpired for the Hokies.
At one point, Tech trailed by 20 in the first half, and the Hokies went into the locker room with a 17-point deficit to overcome. It took just 10 minutes for the women to get back into the ball game, and they eventually had a two-possession lead. When they thought things were looking up, thatís when DePaul came back and made a layup to put them up with five seconds left. With one last shot and what appeared to be a great opportunity to make it to the second round of the tournament, the Hokies turned the ball over on a fast break: game over.
A look back on the season shows how the inconsistent game against DePaul really captured the highs and lows of head coach Beth Dunkenbegerís first season leading the Hokies. Early on, the Hokies were hot, starting 11-2 with losses against No. 14 Minnesota and a loss at Old Dominion, a 22-win team. They achieved a spot in the top 25 poll and everything was looking up.
Then, the team that had beaten No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 17 Maryland began to shake more than a needle on a Scott Peterson lie detector test. The Hokies did not win more than two consecutive games after January 6. Like the DePaul game, the women battled adversity in games only to come up short at the very end.
The Hokies finished 17-12 when it was all said and done, but if you went back and looked at the games they were in position to win, you could count a 76-75 OT loss to N.C. State, a 81-78 2OT loss to Florida State, a 70-67 loss at Virginia, another 61-58 loss to Virginia, a 94-83 3OT loss to Florida State (while they lost by 11, they had multiple chances to win the game earlier), a 61-56 first round ACC tournament loss to Wake Forest, and the loss to DePaul last Sunday.
If they could have won all of those close games, then suddenly the women are 24-5, sitting pretty, and perhaps still playing in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a high seed. But it did not work out that way, and it is important to win the close games (sometimes requiring a little luck). The womenís team could see the light at the end of the tunnel all season long, like they did with under five seconds left in the DePaul game, but just could not make it to the finish line.
Unfortunately, the "what-if" game means nothing. But it does show how the ball can bounce right into a teamís open arms, or leave a team chasing it all season long. The 2004-2005 year showed the Hokies can respond from being down and out, but could not finish 100%. That is an important lesson the returning players must take from this year: anything less than sealing the deal is no guarantee.
However, there were many positives for the young Hokies, who only had one senior. Erin Gibson, the senior forward from Galax, notched her 1,000th career point this season, averaging 11.3 and six rebounds per game in her final campaign. And the Hokies did show they can compete with most teams in the country, providing a positive outlook for the future.
Adjusting to a new coach is not easy, but the transition from Bonnie Henrickson to Dunkenberger did not ease the pressure the team felt to win a lot of games, as they had done under Henrickson (seven straight 20-win seasons). With a year under her belt in Blacksburg as the head coach, the coaching staff and the team should gel together next year and be more comfortable in game situations where composure is an absolute necessity.
Looking ahead, Gibsonís loss will be somewhat relieved by the addition of Brittany Cook. The 6í0 guard will give the Hokies incredible depth and talent in the backcourt. With the development of Megan Finnerty, Roshana Jackson, and Nare Diawara this season, Tech should continue to have a strong inside presence, something it has had for a long time.
Here is a list of who is coming back next year and the numbers they posted this season.
The Tech womenís basketball team has a lot to look forward to in the coming season. The amount of success they had this year was comforting, although it was close to being vastly larger. The ups and downs discussed earlier easily give the team coming back next year some character.
They certainly will be battle tested and roller coaster proof.
Brain Injury Services of SWVA and Brain Injury Services, Inc. in Northern Virginia are offering Hokie fans a chance to win a truly unique prize: a "game-winning" football signed by the Virginia Tech football coaching staff and players.
The football up for grabs is the football being carried by Cedric Humes in the picture above, during Cedric's game-clinching 37-yard TD run against Virginia this past season. The ball was taken from the field -- "It still has dirt on it," yours truly was recently told -- and later signed by Virginia Tech coaches and players.
The ball is now being raffled off. Only 600 raffle tickets are being sold, and each ticket costs $100. To make things even better, the cost of your raffle ticket is tax-deductible as a charitable donation to Brain Injury Services of SWVA and Brain Injury Services, Inc.
These two organizations are the only two case management programs serving kids with brain injuries in the state of Virginia. The services needed by brain injury survivors are scarce, and these two programs make a difference in people's lives. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to fund desperately-needed case managers at these two organizations.
Interested? Here are the details:
The Virginia Tech football
program and head coach Frank
Beamer (click the link to see a letter written by Beamer) are behind this effort to raise much-needed funds. Buy your ticket
and get your chance at winning the football pictured above!
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|TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week|
Practice Starts Today
Bryan Randall Rookie Diary #4: Pro Day Number One
A Good Start
Whip Hokies Soundly, End Tech's Season, 83-62
Spring Football 2005 Preview: The Defense
TechSideline.com Recruiting Report, 3/17/05 (MP3 Audio)
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