GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Vanessa Panousis scored 20 points, setting a school record for 3-pointers in the process, and made four free throws in the final 36 seconds and 15th-seeded Virginia Tech pulled off another upset in the ACC tournament with a 51-45 win over seventh-seeded Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Panousis hit four 3-pointers to give her 132, moving her to the top of the career list in two just two seasons for the Hokies (12-19), who knocked off 10th-seeded North Carolina State on Wednesday.
Virginia Tech, which led 19-17 at the half when Taijah Campbell scored just before the buzzer, quickly pushed the lead to nine when Panousis hit back-to-back 3s before two minutes passed in the second half.
Pittsburgh (19-11) tied the game at 31, fell back again and closed within 47-45 on a Stash Carey free throw with 39 seconds to play. But turnovers on each possession after Panousis made her free throws doomed the Panthers.