North Carolina outshines Virginia Tech's tough defense with 51-45 win
January 25, 2022
The Virginia Tech women's team held North Carolina State to 32.4 percent shooting and 51 points, but the Hokies fell 51-45 on the road Sunday.
Elizabeth Kitley led the way for the Hokies with eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. Cayla King and Georgia Amoore added 19 points combined. Amoore also had six rebounds and four assists.
Hokies' defense falls short
After falling behind 10-5, The Hokies would then go on an 8-0 run to take a 13-10 lead with 2:51 left in the first quarter, highlighted by a three from King. Virginia Tech managed to drain three three-pointers to account for nine out of the 13 points.
The Hokies then went on a 5-0 run to take an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Wolfpack responded with a 16-2 run to take a 26-20 lead before the half.
The Hokies trailed by 13 points at the end of the third quarter. Then they were able to score five points in the early fourth quarter.
Virginia Tech's defense shut off the Wolfpack's offensive run until the mid-fourth quarter. After scoring an 11-0 run, the Hokies could close the gap to 47-45 with 2:11 left in the game. However, the Wolfpack responded and scored the game's last eight points to secure the victory.
NC State turns up
For the second straight game, North Carolina State's Jakia Brown-Turner had to come up with a huge performance for the team. On Thursday, she carried the Wolfpack by scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter alone. Then, again, on Sunday, she scored 14 of her team's 51 points, had three steals, and grabbed seven rebounds.
Brown-Turner's stellar performance marks North Carolina State's eighth straight win.
In the fourth quarter, coach Wes Moore decided to use Brown-Turner to get her some additional defensive work in, and she did what was expected of her. "We put her back in mainly to get a little bit of length and defense out there," Moore said. "She made some big plays for us down the stretch."
Brown-Turner scored 10 of her 14 points during the first quarter. Her other two buckets came during an 11-2 run by the Hokies in the fourth quarter. "I just focused on defense and tried to make plays," said the 6-foot guard, who also had seven rebounds and three steals. "I know when I play defense, the offense will come."
Other than Brown-Turner, Diamond Johnson also contributed to the win for NC State. She led the charge during the second quarter's 14-2 run, and the team's lead grew to 15 points heading into the third period.
The Hokies put up a physical defense to the All-American center Elissa Cunane, who went scoreless first half, finishing with seven points. Despite that, the All-American center grabbed ten rebounds to give the Wolfpack more chances to shoot.
Cunane knew that it was going to be physical under the rim, and she regretted that she could only shoot 12.5 percent. "It's always going to be a little physical inside, trying not to give them position," the center said. "Looking back on it, I wasn't taking the best shots."
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