Virginia Tech to retire Elizabeth Kitley's jersey

The school announced that they are retiring Elizabeth Kitley's No. 33
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Fans have been asking for Virginia Tech to retire Elizabeth Kitley's jersey for some time and now, they are going to get their wish.

Athletic Director Whit Babcock announced Saturday that Kitley's jersey is set to be retired this fall and next season, they will hold a "Liz Kitley Night'' at Cassell Coliseum during the 2024-25 season in Blacksburg.

"Elizabeth's impact on Virginia Tech and women's basketball transcends statistics. Her passion, work ethic and character have left an enduring legacy that is inspiring the next generation. Retiring her jersey is a symbolic gesture of gratitude for the mark she has left on our women's basketball program and the hearts of Hokie Nation."

Whit Babcock

Kitley leaves an incredible legacy at Virginia Tech where she won three ACC Player of the Year Awards and she is the program's all-time leader in games started, minutes played, points scored, and scoring average. She recorded 76 double-doubles during her career and grabbed 1,506 rebounds in five seasons for the Hokies.

She was a big part of Virginia Tech's ACC regular season championship this season, one year after the program claimed their first ACC Tournament Championship and Final Four trip. She will be in New York Monday night for the WNBA Draft where she'll be drafted, but will miss the season after her injury on March 3 at Virginia.

In the end, the school is doing the right thing, putting Kitley's number in the rafters at Cassell Coliseum.