Following their first two losses of the season, the Virginia Tech women's basketball team was able to bounce back and win their next game against lesser opponents. After losing 89-81 at Florida State Sunday, the Hokies were looking to rebound on the road at Cameron Indoor Stadium against a tough Duke squad.
Things started out well for Virginia Tech as they raced out to an 11-0 lead and led 18-7 after the first quarter, but things fell apart over the final three quarters. To compound matters, Georgia Amoore left the game in the third quarter after taking an elbow to the head diving for a loose ball and the Hokies were never able to recover to suffer their second straight loss at the hands of the Blue Devils.
Here are five takeaways after the Hokies fell to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in the ACC.
1. Things were rolling for Virginia Tech in the first quarter leading 11-0 and Cayla King knocked down two three pointers including an off-balance one as the shot clock expired. Duke, coming in off a 38-point victory over Georgia Tech, finally made their first field goal late in the quarter and as the game went along, they gained more and more confidence.
2. There are a lot of things that head coach Kenny Brooks will point to as to what went wrong, but he should start with turnovers. Averaging 11 a game, Virginia Tech committed a whopping 20 turnovers and Duke scored 20 points off of those turnovers. That's not going to end up getting a good result on the road in the ACC.
3. You have to give credit where credit is due. After the first quarter, the Blue Devils turned up the defensive pressure and the Hokies had no answers. Amoore left with 6:32 left in the third quarter and that's when things really went bad for Virginia Tech and Duke outscored them 27-8 in the third quarter for a 14-point lead heading into the fourth.
4. After the first quarter, Duke was able to score on transition, but more importantly, they were able to get downhill to the basket and finish. They were able to draw Elizabeth Kitley out of the paint and get to the basket.
5. Elizabeth Kitley had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hokies but it wasn't nearly enough against a Duke team that was the more hungrier and took over the final three quarters. King and Samyha Suffren each finished with nine points for Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech returns to Blacksburg to host Clemson Sunday looking to end a two-game losing streak and hope that Amoore is ok. It certainly didn't look good when she got up and left the floor.