Virginia Tech women fall at No. 21 Florida State for first ACC loss of the season

After winning their first four ACC games, the Virginia Tech women's basketball team lost their first conference game of the season at Florida State on Sunday afternoon.
2023 Invesco QQQ Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Showcase - Florida State v UCLA
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If there is one thing that Virginia Tech women's basketball coach Kenny Brooks and his team have learned through the first five games of the ACC schedule, it's that whether they are home or on the road, there is never going to be an easy night or in this case of the last two Sunday's, an easy afternoon.

One week after rallying to beat then-No. 3 North Carolina State at home, the Hokies traveled to No. 21 Florida State and suffered their first conference loss of the season to the Seminoles. The loss was Virginia Tech's first since losing on Nov. 30 at LSU in the SEC/ACC Challenge. Here are some takeaways from the Hokies first ACC setback that dropped them to 4-1 in the ACC and 13-3 overall, while FSU improved to 5-1 in league play and 14-4 overall.

1. FSU's Sara Bejedi was tough to contain

Sara Bejedi
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Whenever the Seminoles needed a basket, Bejedi was there for them. She finished with 31 points, 15 in the first half and 16 in the second half, and was 5-for-9 from behind the arc, 9-for-15 from the field, and 8-for-12 from the foul line. She did it all, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out three assists. She scored eight straight points in the third quarter at one point and picked up a foul on Elizabeth Kitley late in the game off an inbounds play that was questionable at best. She gave the Hokies a headache all afternoon.

2. Rose Micheaux had her best game as a Hokie

Rose Micheaux, Isys Grady
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Florida State focused on Kitley early in the game and Micheaux responded and had her best game of the season. She finished with 12 points, with eight coming in the first half, and did most of her scoring when the Seminoles doubled Kitley, who is one of the better passes in the country out of the double team. She finished 5-for-7 from the field and Brooks hopes that this is the start of Micheaux becoming another scoring option and taking advantage of all the attention Kitley gets.

3. FSU took control with a 15-0 run in the second half

Kenny Brooks
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Virginia Tech began the second half with a six-point lead and led 65-59 late in the third quarter, but Florida State took control of the game with a 15-0 run that spanned from the end of the third quarter and into the fourth. It turned into a nearly five-minute scoring drought for the Hokies before Georgia Amoore hit a jumper. By then, the Hokies were down nine and never got closer than three points the rest of the game.

Kitley finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Virginia Tech and Matilda Ekh had 14 points and was 4-for-6 on 3-pointers. Amoore had 13 points and eight assists, but she did finish with four turnovers. As a team, the Hokies had 11. Brooks and his team will be on the road again Thursday night at Duke looking to bounce back from their first loss in over a month.