Ralph’s daughter ‘Little Liz’ getting bigger and bigger, as Elizabeth Kitley(Northwest Guilford HS) kills it on Senior Day with 34 points to lead VA Tech Hokies over North Carolina Tar Heels in Cassell Coliseum: VA Tech #1 Seed for ACC Women’s Tournament

Hokies lock up ACC Tournament’s one seed with 74-62 win against North Carolina
Elizabeth Kitley(Northwest Guilford HS) totals 34 points for VA TECH Hokies over North Carolina Tar Heels/Georgia Amoore becomes program’s leader in assists on Senior Day

from HokieSports.com:
BLACKSBURG, VAElizabeth Kitley(Northwest Guilford HS) totaled 34 points to help lead the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team over the North Carolina Tar Heels 74-62 at home Sunday.

The Hokies (23-4, 14-2) had three players score in double figures, led by Kitley, who had 34 points and six rebounds. Georgia Amoore added a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists and Matilda Ekh chipped in as well with 11 points.

Virginia Tech took advantage of fantastic ball movement in Sunday’s game, piling up 16 assists on 27 made field goals. Amoore’s 11 assists were the most for the Hokies.

The Hokies’ defense held North Carolina to only 39 percent shooting from the field, including 29.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Tar Heels did not have much luck cleaning up their misses on the offensive glass either, as they finished with six offensive rebounds and managed seven second chance points while Virginia Tech cleared 32 defensive rebounds.

With the win, Tech secures the one seed in next month’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro. Tech has the opportunity to win the regular season outright on Thursday night when they travel to Notre Dame.

How It Happened

After falling behind 3-0, Virginia Tech went on an 11-0 run with 8:09 left in the first quarter, culminating in a bucket from Amoore, to take an 11-3 lead. The Hokies then added eight points to that lead by the end of the period and entered the quarter break with a 21-5 advantage. Virginia Tech relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down three shots to account for nine of its 21 points.

The Hokies maintained their lead in the game’s second frame and entered halftime with a 33-27 edge. Virginia Tech scored two of its 12 total points in the period on second chance opportunities created by pulling down two offensive rebounds.

Following intermission, Virginia Tech continued to expand its advantage, pushing it to 44-36 before going on a 5-0 run to expand its lead further to 49-36 with 3:36 to go in the third. Before the conclusion of the third period, the Tar Heels had cut into that lead somewhat, but the Hokies still entered the fourth quarter with a 57-47 edge.

Virginia Tech kept widening that lead, expanding it to 65-53 before going on a 7-0 run, finished off by Kitley’s jumper, to grow the lead to 72-53 with 3:25 to go in the contest. The Tar Heels narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Hokies still cruised the rest of the way for the 74-62 win. Virginia Tech pulled down one offensive rebounds to score three second chance points out of 17 total in the period

Game Notes
» Georgia Amoore became the program’s all-time leader in assists in the game.
» Tech won its 25th consecutive home game, tying the program record. The 15-0 record in the regular season is the third time in program history that the Hokies have gone unblemished at home.
» Georgia Amoore notched a double-double for the Hokies with 19 points and 11 assists.
» The Hokies held the Tar Heels to only 39 percent shooting from the field.
» The Hokies never trailed after taking a 21-5 first quarter lead.
» Virginia Tech tallied 16 total assists in the game.
» Elizabeth Kitley, Georgia Amoore, and Matilda Ekh combined to account for 86 percent of the Hokies points.
» Georgia Amoore racked up 11 assists for Virginia Tech.
» Virginia Tech had a 36-27 edge on the boards in the win.
» Elizabeth Kitley led the Hokies with a game-high 34 points.
» Virginia Tech got a game-high 14 rebounds from Olivia Summiel.