After winning their first four ACC games, including a big fourth-quarter comeback against then-undefeated North Carolina State, the Virginia Tech women's basketball team found life on the road last week tough.
After losing on Jan. 14 at Florida State, 89-81, the Hokies jumped to an 11-0 lead at Duke Thursday night before the Blue Devils took over the game in the final three quarters for a 63-46 victory over No. 14 Virginia Tech. Head coach Kenny Brooks lost more than just a game that night as starting point guard Georgia Amoore left the game in the third quarter after diving on the floor for a loose ball and being inadvertently elbowed in the head. At the time Tech was down three and after cutting the deficit to one on an Elizabeth Kitley basket on the ensuing out-of-bounds set, Duke never let the Hokies get back in the game.
Virginia Tech returns home to face Clemson Sunday at Cassell Coliseum and here is a preview of the seventh ACC game this season for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech vs. Clemson, How to Watch, Preview
This game will begin at noon and broadcast on the CW Network and FuboTV.
Don't let Clemson's conference record fool you and this will be a tough game for the Hokies after losses to the Seminoles and Blue Devils. The Tigers enter the game 1-5 in the ACC and losers of five straight conference games after beating Duke in their ACC opener, 82-64, at home. They have single-point losses to North Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Syracuse. Their lone double-digit loss in the conference came at the hands of Louisville.
Amoore practiced Saturday and we'll see if she plays, but if she doesn't that will put more pressure on Cayla King, Carliegh Wenzel, and the other Hokies guards to pick up the slack. Kitley is still there and Rose Micheaux has been playing well lately, as has some of the bench. This should be a win for Brooks and his team without Amoore, if she is indeed ruled out, at home.