SAN ANTONIO – Behind 23 points from Elizabeth Kitley, the seventh-seeded Virginia Tech women’s basketball team defeated 10th-seeded Marquette 70-63 Sunday at Straham Coliseum in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Hokies (15-9) advanced to the second round of the tournament and were to play fifth-seeded Baylor Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Kitley (11 of 19 shooting) was steady all afternoon, giving the Hokies a cushion early and helping maintain momentum later in the game when the Golden Eagles made a run.
After Aisha Sheppard’s transition layup at 7:32 in the fourth gave the Hokies a 15-point lead, Marquette countered with their best offensive stretch of the game, hitting all four of their 3’s in a 90 second span to cut the lead to just three.
The Hokies closed the game out on the free throw line, with Cayla King and Azana Baines each knocking down a pair free throws.
Baines joined Kitley in double figures with 15 and Georgia Amoore added 13 as the Hokies advanced to the Second Round for the eighth time in program history.
- Virginia Tech is now 1-0 against Marquette.
- Kenny Brooks’ record moves to 101-58 at Virginia Tech and 438-180 in his career.
- Tech is 3-1 all-time on March 21.
- The starting lineup of Georgia Amoore, Aisha Sheppard, Cayla King, Azana Baines and Elizabeth Kitley accounted for 63 points.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
- Kitley’s 11 field goals is a new program mark in the NCAA Tournament
- Kitley became just the fourth Hokie ever to record 40 minutes on the floor in the competition.
- Virginia Tech is now 10-9 all-time in 10 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.