Virginia Tech Women Claim the Commonwealth:Kitley and King contribute to Hokies over UVA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA –Georgia Amoore totaled 21 points and Aisha Sheppard added 20 and the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team knocked off the Virginia Cavaliers 71-42 on the road Thursday.

Amoore and Sheppard’s stellar scoring performances led the Hokies (15-5, 7-2) in the contest. Amoore tacked on two steals and Sheppard added five rebounds and three assists. Elizabeth Kitley(Northwest Guilford High School) also helped out with six points and two blocks.
(Liz Kitley only played 8 minutes in this contest…Also 6 points and 2 rebounds for Cayla King(Northwest Guilford HS) in 20 minutes of action.)

Led by Emily Lytle’s four offensive rebounds, Virginia Tech did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 14 boards that resulted in nine second chance points.

The Virginia Tech defense was a problem in Thursday’s game, forcing 19 Virginia turnovers while committing 10. Those takeaways turned into 23 points on the other end of the floor. Amoore’s two steals led the way individually for the Hokies.

How It Happened

After jumping out to an 11-10 advantage, Virginia Tech went on a 9-0 run with 3:56 left in the first quarter, culminating in a bucket from Kayana Traylor, to increase its lead to 20-10, a score that would hold for the rest of the period. Virginia Tech did most of its first quarter damage in the paint, scoring 10 of its 20 points close to the basket.

The Hokies maintained their lead in the game’s second frame and entered halftime with a 33-23 edge. Virginia Tech saw non-starters score five of its 13 total points off the bench in the quarter.

Virginia Tech continued to preserve its halftime lead before going on a 14-0 run, punctuated by a three from Amoore, to expand its lead further to 50-29 with 3:57 to go in the third. Before the third period was over, the Hokies added one point to that lead and entered the fourth quarter with a 57-35 edge. Virginia Tech knocked down six three-pointers in the quarter to score 18 of its 24 total points.

Virginia Tech started tacking on points in the fourth almost immediately, going on a 7-0 run to grow the lead to 64-35 with 6:52 to go in the contest. The Hokies held onto that lead for the rest of the game for the 71-42 win. Virginia Tech fired away from deep in the quarter, knocking down two shots to account for six of its 14 points.

Game Notes

» Virginia Tech found success from beyond the arc, knocking down 11 treys in the game.
» The Hokies held the Cavaliers to only 34.7 percent shooting from the field.
» The Hokies never trailed after taking a 20-10 first quarter lead.
» Virginia Tech had a 38-31 edge on the boards in the win.
» The Virginia Tech defense forced 19 turnovers.
» Virginia Tech cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 14 offensive boards in the game.
» Georgia Amoore had a game-high 21 points and Aisha Sheppard added 20.
» Virginia Tech got a game-high 11 rebounds from Azana Baines.

The win gives the Hokies half a point in the Commonwealth Clash, presented by Smithfield. The score for the Commonwealth Clash currently is 5.0.-1.5 in favor of Virginia Tech.