Virginia Tech women's basketball faces huge Top 20 test at North Carolina State

The 16th-ranked Virginia Tech women's basketball team will face a huge test in a battle for first place in the ACC on Thursday night at No. 3 North Carolina State.
NC State v Virginia Tech
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The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team will play their biggest road game of the season Thursday night in Raleigh, North Carolina. After North Carolina State beat Louisville, 77-67, Monday night, that loss moved the Hokies to the top of the ACC standings at 9-2, a half-game ahead of both Louisville and NC State.

This will be a huge test for head coach Kenny Brooks and his team as the Wolfpack I’m sure have had this game circled on their schedule since they dropped a 63-62 decision in Blacksburg on Jan. 7. Virginia Tech fans won’t soon forget that game as the Hokies rallied from a fourth-quarter double-digit deficit to stun NC State on an Elizabeth Kitley basket with 0.9 seconds left. 

Virginia Tech at NC State, How to Watch, Preview

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This game will begin at 8 o’clock and be broadcast on the ACC Network and streamed on FuboTV.

The Hokies, ranked 16th in the country in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, are coming into the game on a five-game winning streak with their latest win coming Sunday afternoon at North Carolina, 70-61, in overtime.

In that game, Georgia Amoore was huge late for the Hokies along with Mitlda Ekh hitting some big 3-pointers in overtime to help Virginia Tech outscore UNC, 16-7, in the extra session. Kitley had 15 points and 15 rebounds while shooting 7-for-21 from the field. 

The third-ranked Wolfpack will enter the game coming off the win over No. 15 Louisville and they were led by Aziah James who scored 28 points. NC State shot the ball well early from behind the arc and finished the game 10-for-21 from there.

This just feels like a huge revenge game for NC State and they will be ready for this game to even the season series with the Hokies, which could come into play at the end of the season for tie breaker purposes for the ACC Tournament. A win here for Virginia Tech gives them the tie breaker and a huge lift with just six ACC regular-season games remaining after Thursday night.