In a rematch of last season’s Final Four, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball started out well through the first quarter against LSU Thursday night in the ACC/SEC Challenge in Baton Rouge. Unfortunately for Hokies coach Kenny Brooks and his team, the final three quarters did not go as well.
Virginia Tech was outscored 69-42 over the final 36 minutes as the No. 7 Tigers rolled to an, 82-64, win over the No. 9 Hokies.
Georgia Amoore gives honest assessment after loss to LSU
What changed over the final 36 minutes? For starters, LSU outworked and outhustled Virginia Tech to nearly every loose ball, they hit the boards and they bullied the Hokies who had no response. Regardless of how the game was officiated, Tech needed to do a better job adjusting to the Tigers’ style of play. Point guard Georgia Amoore nailed it following the loss.
“I don’t think rotations matter if we’re not aggressive. I think in the first quarter, they figured out that they were probably not playing as aggressive as they could, and once they sniffed that out, they were playing pretty hard after that, and I think we didn’t adapt to that or adjust to it or even remotely really fight back.”
Virginia Tech had some concerning trends in the game. Aside from being outhustled and outworked by LSU, star center Elizabeth Kitley was fading away from the basket on some of her shots instead of going up strong. Angel Reese returned for the Tigers and she was able to disrupt her offensively in the block area. Kitley did finish with a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Matilda Ekh had 11 points and Amoore finished with 25.
The loss dropped the Hokies to 5-2 and LSU improved to 8-1.
“It’s November. We’ll get better,” Brooks said. “I got to figure out my team.”
Fortunately for Virginia Tech and Brooks, there is still another month before ACC play begins, but they are 0-2 in Top 10 games this season after losing to Iowa earlier in November.