Kitley’s double-double puts Hokies past Kentucky 82-74

NASSAU, Bahamas–Elizabeth Kitley secured a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team beat the Kentucky Wildcats 82-74 Monday at the Baha Mar Convention Center.

The Hokies (4-0) had four players in double figures, led by Kitley, who hit a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Ashley Owusu pinned on 16 points and six rebounds and taylor soul also with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Led by Soule’s five offensive rebounds, Virginia Tech did a great job bringing down the offensive glass and tearing down 13 boards, resulting in 19 second-chance points.

Virginia Tech’s defense caused its share of errors in Monday’s game, forcing 18 Kentucky turnovers. These takeaways turned into 14 dots at the other end of the floor. Kitley’s only steal was an individual lead for the Hokies.

How it happened

From a 13-6 lead, Virginia Tech went 3:04 in the first quarter on a 9-0 run that culminated in a three-pointer Cayla Kingto extend his lead to 22-6. The Hokies increased that lead by five points by the end of the period and went into the quarter-break with a 29-8 lead. Virginia Tech relied on his three-point shooting during this period and put down four shots to account for 12 of his 29 points.

Virginia Tech kept their lead intact in the first quarter before embarking on a 7-0 run in the second period that started at the 6:47 mark to extend their lead to 42-14. The Wildcats extended that lead, but the Hokies still held a 44-23 advantage before halftime. Virginia Tech dominated in the paint, scoring eight of his 15 points near the basket.

After the break, Virginia Tech held on to its advantage and held a 67-49 lead going into the fourth quarter. Virginia Tech played well near the basket, scoring 14 of their 23 points in the paint.

The Hokies then held on to victory in the fourth quarter. Virginia Tech capitalized on its chances in the post, scoring eight of its 15 points in the paint.

game notes
» Elizabeth Kitley scored an impressive double-double for the Hokies with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
» The Hokies were never behind after taking a 29-8 lead in the first quarter.
» Virginia Tech recorded a total of 17 assists in the game.
» Virginia Tech had a 43-32 advantage on the boards in the win.
» Virginia Tech’s defense forced 18 turnovers.
» Virginia Tech cleaned up on the offensive glass and collected 13 offensive boards in the game.
» Elizabeth Kitley led the Hokies with a game-high 25 points.
“Virginia Tech has a game high of 13 rebounds Elizabeth Kitley.