ACC Women’s Basketball Today at the Greensboro Coliseum
Thursday, March 5
Game No. 4 – No. 5 Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 Wake Forest, 11 a.m. (RSN)….Final:Wake Forest 58, Virginia Tech 55
Game No. 5 – No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 Virginia, 2 p.m. (RSN)
Game No. 6 – No. 7 Georgia Tech vs. No. 15 Pitt, 6 p.m. (RSN)
Game No. 7 – No. 6 Boston College vs. No. 14 Clemson, 8 p.m. (RSN)
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Elizabeth Kitley scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but Virginia Tech struggled from the floor and that cost the Hokies, as they fell 58-55 to Wake Forest in a second-round ACC Tournament game played Thursday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Virginia Tech center Elizabeth Kitley
(On the Hokies’ 16 turnovers)
“For me, personally, I had five, so that was not handling the double teams well enough. You can give credit to their defense, but I didn’t handle that and I should have. We know how to do that, but we didn’t. Or I didn’t execute that – at all.”
With the loss, the Hokies fell to 21-9 overall on the season. Wake Forest moved to 16-15 and advanced to the quarterfinals to play Florida State on Friday.
The Hokies led by as many as seven in the first period, but foul trouble prevented them from getting into any type of rhythm on offense, and they struggled for the rest of the game – particularly in the fourth period. Tech trailed 42-41 going into the fourth, but only made three field goals in the final 10 minutes.
The Hokies, though, did rally from a 50-43 deficit, cutting Wake Forest’s lead to 56-55 on a basket by Kitley with 14 seconds left. Tech then fouled three straight times to put Wake Forest into the bonus, sending Gina Conti to the free-throw line with 8.9 seconds remaining. Conti buried both to give the Demon Deacons a 58-55 lead.
Without any timeouts, Tech’s Taja Cole raced up the floor and took a short jumper that was off the mark. Cole managed to get the rebound and kick it to Aisha Sheppard, whose 3-pointer from the corner was on line, but a little short. Cole got the rebound, but wasn’t able to get a shot off before time expired.