Virginia Tech was the better team Thursday night at Reynolds Coliseum. NC State primarily struggled from the field and played the entire second half in reverse. Asiaha James was strong from the start and Madison Hayes eventually improved, but Mimi Collins’ no-fer from the floor in particular was a handicap that was too difficult to overcome.
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The third quarter was decisive, with Tech outscoring the Wolfpack 20-11 and extending the lead to 13 heading into the fourth quarter. NC State never got closer than nine points in his final 10 minutes.
In addition to poor shooting quality, State’s rebounding effort wasn’t good enough either. Virginia Tech ended up getting 15 of his offensive boards, and Liz Kitley matched State’s team total of five. Kitley’s steady presence made a huge difference, as he not only tallied 25 points and 13 boards, but also helped take River Baldwin out of the equation.
Kitley, the Hokies’ second chance, and a strong 3-point shot carried the day.
The setback temporarily dropped NC State to fourth place in the ACC, 1.5 games behind the Hokies with seven games remaining. (The Hokies have six games remaining.) The battle for the top of the league standings is close and could go further, but for now State will settle for frustration this Sunday against 1-10 Pittsburgh. I’ll focus on clearing things up.