June 24, 2024


The 21st of January marked the game’s turning point.
It was a brief road trip. It’s not far to the northwest, crossing the mountains and arriving at the Ohio River in the north central region of Kentucky, where it sort of resides between Ohio and Indiana. It’s basketball country, and the local programs are serious about their teams. Basketball’s popularity may have cultural roots, and it’s safe to assume that many have studied and written about these causes. Nevertheless, the Virginia Tech Lady Hokies were playing in the home of an 18th-ranked team sporting a 21-3 record. The Hokies have traditionally had a lot of trouble with Louisville. It has been

Jay Wright thankful to be broadcasting on CBS

The current Hokie squad had only been able to win two games, and Louisville was not about to let the Hokies extend that run to three. That implied the Hokies would have to repay the Cardinals for putting their best foot forward on the court. This season, the Cardinals had a 13-0 record at home. With a win, they still had a chance to secure a first-round seed in the ACC Tournament and possibly a better one in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, where they were maintaining a 10-3 conference record.

Here, almost everything was on the line for the Hokies. Tech is now ranked third in the Albany 1 group for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, not that they won’t receive an NCAA bid. One month into the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball tournament, NCAA.com has released its bracket predictions. Despite not being superior to Tech, NC State is still ranked #1 (committees play their favorites). However, this implies that the Hokies can still improve their seeding if they keep playing to win and don’t give up. The match today ought to rouse some of the drowsy committee members.

As the two championship tournaments approach, we’ll start covering them in the sidebar. For now, though, we’ll focus on one game at a time, so let’s talk about today’s significant victory in Louisville.

Please go on to the game.
The Mouse forced the women to broadcast instead of playing in the Tech women’s match, which was clearly visible from the feed (no bueno, doods, nada bueno…). What appeared to be a competitive game turned into the Hokies applying consistent pressure and winning.

Both Amoore and Kitley struggled with ball control early in the first quarter. Before Louisville finally broke the scoring ice with a two-pointer, over thirty seconds had passed. Liz was promptly fed by Amoore by the Hokies, and after Louisville committed a foul on the bucket, she was able to score a three-point play from the foul line. For a minute, neither team scored, but then Louisville had the chance to take the lead thanks to a foul. Instead of making a free throw, they pulled even. After Liz Kitley’s failed free shot rebounded, Liv Summiel made a layup at 6:37 to give Tech a 5-3 lead. That was the last instance in which Tech would trail and then catch up.

The Hokies started the first quarter with a solid momentum that they continued to build on through the exchanges. Big runs weren’t made in the first inning. Simply put, the exchanges were nibbled on with constant pressure and point. Louisville would miss one free throw while Tech would make two. Tech would force a turnover, which would allow them to score on a clean jumper or a foul shot set. Tech maintained their strong defense and scoring pressure even if they failed to score a three-pointer during the stanza. Georgia has one second remaining to complete the scoring. The horn blew with Virginia Tech leading 20–13, a comfortable but not comfortable 7–point advantage.

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