Virginia Tech defeated third-seeded Ohio State 84-74 in the third quarter, spearheaded by Elizabeth Kitley and Georgia Amoore, to advance to its first Final Four. Amoore scored seven points, and Kitley scored five in the third quarter for the Hokeis, who faced LSU in the women’s Final Four. Kitley concluded with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Amoore led Virginia Tech with 24 points.
The Hookies Have Made It!
The Hokies have now won 15 games in a row and have secured a No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament because of their victory in the ACC championship. The opening half of the game against Ohio State was packed with nonstop action and excitement. The total score for both sides was 34 for 57, and all three teams had at least three individuals score in double figures.
Amoore took a shoulder to the face during the second quarter of the game, which caused Virginia Tech to have a moment of concern. However, she returned to the field very quickly after this. It’s a good thing, too, because Virginia Tech needed both her and Kitley to pull off the upset and beat Ohio State.
Virginia Tech’s Big Win
Taylor Thierry hit a second-chance shot with 5 minutes and 10 seconds left in the third quarter to cut Virginia Tech’s advantage to 55-53. Until this point, the teams had been trading the lead throughout the whole game. However, Amoore capped off the run with a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the quarter. This brought the score to 8-2 after she scored on a driving layup to start the run.
Kitley scored on a layup and then a turnaround jumper to give Virginia Tech a lead of 67-57 with 8 minutes and 33 seconds left to play. This came after Ohio State’s Cotie McMahon, the Big Ten freshman of the year, knocked a pair of free throws to open the fourth. Kitley scored a layup.
The Virginia Tech Hokies would stretch their lead to as much as 13 points. This is more than enough to overcome a late charge by the Ohio State Buckeyes. Taylor Mikesell scored 25 points to lead Ohio State, Jacy Sheldon added 19, and McMahon finished with 18 points.