Historical Hokie:Liz Kitley(Northwest Guilford HS) becomes VA Tech’s all-time leader in field goals[Elizabeth Kitley(NWG) ACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week]

Kitley earns program record in Tech’s 74-57 win over Wake Forest
Becomes all-time leader in field goals made

Liz Kitley, with 28 points and 12 rebounds, vs. Wake Forest on Sunday…..
**********Elizabeth Kitley, from Northwest Guilford High School, in Greensboro, N.C.**********
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BLACKSBURG, VA — The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team downed the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 74-57 at home Sunday behind Elizabeth Kitley’s 12 made field goals making her the programs all-time leader with 704.

The Hokies (16-3, 6-3) had three players score in double figures, led by Kitley, who secured a double-double with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Georgia Amoore tacked on 17 points and six assists and Taylor Soule helped out with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Virginia Tech shared the ball well in Sunday’s game, racking up 17 assists on 27 made field goals. Amoore’s six assists paced the Hokies.

Virginia Tech forced 16 Wake Forest turnovers while committing 10 themselves in Sunday’s game. The Hokies turned those takeaways into 21 points on the other end of the floor. Kitley’s two steals led the way for Virginia Tech.

How It Happened
After falling behind 10-8, Virginia Tech went on a 6-0 run with 2:22 left in the first quarter, culminating in a bucket from D’Asia Gregg, to take a 14-10 lead, a score that would hold for the rest of the period. Virginia Tech did most of its first quarter damage in the paint, scoring eight of its 14 points close to the basket.

Virginia Tech kept its first quarter lead intact before going on a 9-0 run starting at the 8:29 mark in the second period to increase its lead to 25-13. The Hokies proceeded to tack on three points to that lead and enjoyed a 35-20 advantage heading into halftime. Virginia Tech was strong from deep in the period, knocking down three three-point shots to account for nine of its 21 points.

Virginia Tech continued to preserve its halftime lead before going on a 6-0 run, punctuated by a basket from Soule, to expand its lead further to 45-29 with 5:28 to go in the third. Before the conclusion of the third period, the Demon Deacons had cut into that lead somewhat, but the Hokies still entered the fourth quarter with a 53-50 edge.

Virginia Tech kept widening that lead, expanding it to 61-54 before going on a 7-0 run, finished off by Kayana Traylor’s jumper, to grow the lead to 68-54 with 3:14 to go in the contest. The Hokies kept expanding the margin and coasted the rest of the way for the 74-57 win. Virginia Tech took advantage of its opportunities in the post, scoring 14 of its 21 points in the paint.

Game Notes

» Elizabeth Kitley notched an impressive double-double for the Hokies with 28 points and 12 rebounds.
» The Hokies held the Demon Deacons to only 38.3 percent shooting from the field.
» The Hokies never trailed after taking a 14-10 first quarter lead.
» Virginia Tech recorded 17 total assists in the game.
» Elizabeth Kitley, Georgia Amoore, and Taylor Soule combined to account for 82 percent of the Hokies points.
» Virginia Tech had a 37-27 edge on the boards in the win.
» The Virginia Tech defense forced 16 turnovers.
» Virginia Tech cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 13 offensive boards in the game.
» Elizabeth Kitley led the Hokies with a game-high 28 points.
» Virginia Tech got a game-high 12 rebounds from Elizabeth Kitley.

**********Elizabeth Kitley earns ACC’s Player of the Week honors**********

BLACKSBURG – Senior center Elizabeth Kitley(Northwest Guilford High School) earned ACC Player of the Week honors, the conference announced on Monday afternoon. Kitley secured two double-doubles last week, posting 13 and 13 at Pitt and a season-high 28 and 12 vs. Wake Forest.

Kitley set the program record for field goals made in a career against Wake, going 12-for-15 and finishing the game with 704 for her illustrious career.

The Summerfield, North Carolina native averaged 20.5 points on 75% shooting and 12.5 rebounds over the course of two games.

Kitley ranks fourth in the conference is scoring (18.7), first in rebounds (11.06), second in FG% (56.1), second in blocks (2.0/game), first in double-doubles (12). She also owns nine games of 20 or more points.

She is also one of three athletes in WBB to average 18 points per game and 11 rebounds, ranks seventh in the nation with her 12 double-doubles and is 13th in total rebounds (199) and sixth in defensive rebounds per game (8.2).

The honor is the second of the season and seventh of her career.

The Hokies are 12th in the AP Poll Monday setting up a top 16 matchup at 16th-ranked Duke on Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m.

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