Sometimes it's not how you win, but did you win? That was the case for the 16th-ranked Virginia Tech women's basketball team Sunday afternoon at a soldout Cassell Coliseum against Boston College.
Three days after winning at 3rd-ranked North Carolina State, 72-61, the Hokies returned home in a game against 11-14 Boston College in what could have been considered a trap game with Duke coming to Blacksburg Thursday night. Through three and a half quarters, the Eagles gave Virginia Tech all they could handle, but as good teams do, Tech closed the game out strong for an 11-point win at home. Here are some observations after Kenny Brooks' team improved to 20-4 overall, 11-2 in the conference, and won their 15th consecutive ACC home game.
Observations from Virginia Tech's win over Boston College
- If there was one concern to come from this game, it was the number of turnovers that the Hokies committed. Tech turned the ball over 17 times, including five from Georgia Amoore and four from Elizabeth Kitley. BC only turned the ball over eight times, but lost by 11. Basketball sometimes.
- Kitley recorded her 74th career double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds. When she got the ball in the post, the Eagles doubled her and that's where most of her turnovers came from.
- Amoore scored a game-high 26 points and only had four assists, but it was her ability to get to the basket in the fourth quarter that helped the Hokies pull away. She was 4-for-7 from behind the arc.
- Olivia Summiel continues to do a lot of the work on both ends of the floor that goes unnoticed. She grabbed 11 rebounds, seven on the defensive end, and also chipped in with three assists.
- Clara Strack continues to be a big addition off the bench for Brooks. She had seven points, six rebounds, two blocks two assists, and a steal. When Virginia Tech plays her with Kitley, they do a nice job of finding each other in the post.
- Matilda Ekh had nine points on three 3-pointers, six rebounds, and three assists. Cayla King struggled shooting the ball, making just two of 14 3-point attempts, but her second trey of the game was the final basket of the game with a minute left for an 11-point lead.
Overall, a win is a win and the Hokies remain on top in the conference. They will have to clean things up if they hope to beat Duke Thursday night at home after dropping the first game on the road earlier this season.