Tech secures Sweet 16 berth for second time in program history
BLACKSBURG — Behind four Hokies in double figures, Virginia Tech defeated South Dakota State 72-60 in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament inside Cassell Coliseum Sunday evening.
With the win, the Hokies (29-4) advance to the Sweet 16 for the second time in program history (1999) and earn their program-record 29th victory of the season. South Dakota State, the Summit League champion, had its 22-game winning streak snapped, which was the second-longest active streak in the country.
Tech will await the winner between No. 4 seed Tennessee and No. 12 seed Toledo on March 25 in Seattle, Wash.
Georgia Amoore drained a career-high seven treys on her way to a game-high 21 points – her 12th game of 20 or more points on the season. Amoore was joined in double-figure scoring by Elizabeth Kitley, who notched her 21st double-double with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. The two-time ACC player of the year also registered a game-high five blocks to set the program record for career blocks at 261.
The Hokies came out clicking on all cylinders, shooting 52.8% in the first half. They finished at 41.8% shooting for the game, while holding the Jackrabbits to 37.3%. Tech out-rebounded South Dakota State, 43-36.
Myah Selland paced three Jackrabbits in double-figure scoring with 17 points. Paige Meyer and Haleigh Timmer chipped in 12 points apiece.
How it Happened
» Amoore hit her 100th triple of the season to open the game, one of five triples by the Hokies in the opening stanza
» Tech was dialed from downtown in the first quarter, converting 5 of 9 (55.6%) from beyond the arc to build a 19-7 advantage; Amoore was 3 for 6 from deep in the period
» Once down by 20, South Dakota State trimmed its deficit to 13 (33-20) with 3:03 left following a 9-2 surge by the Summit League champion
» The Hokies ended the second quarter on a 10-0 run highlighted by back-to-back triples from Taylor Geiman and Cayla King for a 46-23 halftime lead – the most first-half points by Tech since scoring 47 vs. NC State on Feb. 19
» VT shot 75% in the second stanza, connecting on 12 of 16 field goals
» The Jacks answered out of intermission with a 10-2 spurt to get within 15 (48-33) with 5:44 remaining in the third quarter
» South Dakota State went 10 for 13 (76.9%) from the free-throw line in the third quarter as the Jacks outscored Tech, 20-13, in the frame
» With the Hokies’ lead cut to 10, Amoore sank her fifth three of the game off a baseline out of bounds play to push Tech’s lead to 69-56 with 1:50 remaining
» VT moved to 1-0 against South Dakota State and improved to 11-11 in NCAA Tournament games (12 appearances)
» Tech advances to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history (1999)
» The Hokies won their 13th consecutive game – their longest win streak since VT won 15 straight to open the Kenny Brooks era
» Tech earned its 29th victory of the season, setting a program record
» VT recorded its 16th win inside Cassell this season, setting a program record
» Tech is a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history and hosted an NCAA Tournament second-round game for the first time since March 23, 2004 vs. Penn State
» Georgia Amoore topped the 20-point plateau for the 12th time this season, finishing with a game-high 21 points
» Elizabeth Kitley notched her 21st double-double of the season behind 14 points and 14 rebounds
» Kitley (261) broke the program’s career blocks record previously held by Ieva Kublina (256)
» The two-time ACC player of the year is seven points shy of 2,000 for her career
» The Hokies held their sixth straight opponent to below 40% shooting
» With the loss, South Dakota State’s 22-game winning streak came to an end; it was the second-longest active streak in the country, only trailing South Carolina’s 33
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