The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team returns to the court at Cassell Coliseum Thursday night when the Hokies host Miami in their fourth ACC game of the season. Virginia Tech is coming off a fourth-quarter rally and closed the game on a 14-2 run against previously undefeated North Carolina State Sunday, 63-62, on an Elizabeth Kitley basket with 0.9 seconds left. Lost in the basket was the lob pass made by Cayla King to Kitley for the game-winning basket.
Despite the win, the Hokies just moved up two spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll to No. 11 on Monday.
Virginia Tech vs. Miami, How to Watch, Preview
This game begins at 8 o’clock and will be broadcast on the ACC Network and FuboTV.
Virginia Tech will be looking to build off the momentum they got Sunday against NC State. For most of the game, the Wolfpack frustrated the Hokies with the tough defense, but in the fourth quarter, Virginia Tech flipped the tables on them and allowed just two points to close out the game. Offensively, Kitley and Georgia Amoore sparked the comeback with key baskets, including a 3-pointer. Kitley had an offensive rebound basket with under a minute left for a 62-61 lead, before an NC State basket set up for the wild finish.
As good as Kitley and Amoore are, they are going to need some help from their teammates as King and Matilda Ekh struggled against the Wolfpack, but Carys Baker and Carleigh Wentzel off the bench played a key role with rebounding.
Miami is 11-3 and lost their first two conference games against Louisville and Boston College before beating Wake Forest last weekend at home by 30 points. The Hurricanes are averaging 71.5 points a game this season and are averaging 13.6 offensive rebounds per game. Boxing out on the defensive end is going to be key for Kenny Brooks' team.