Hokies journey to Raleigh for conflict with second-ranked Wolfpack Sunday afternoon
BLACKSBURG – – The Virginia Tech womens basketball team is back on the court this Sunday, January 24th to take on runner-up NC State Wolfpack in the pack’s first competition since Jan 3rd. The tip is set for 4 p.m. and can be seen on the ACC Network.
Sunday, January 23rd – 4pm
Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, NC
No. 2 NC State (10-0, 5-0)
Head coach: Wes Moore
Record in school: 178-65 (eighth season); Career: 736-231
Series: Virginia Tech follows 1-21 Last: February 6, 2020 (L, 59-71 in Blacksburg, VA)
Live statistics: CLICK HERE
Transmission: ACC network
Play-by-play: Sam Ravech
Analyst: Monica McNutt
Radio: Virginia Tech Sports Network
Play-by-play: Bryant Johnson
WHAT WE WATCH
• •Aisha Sheppard solidifies herself as the top 3-point shooter in program history
Sheppard, a senior and already a 1,000-point goalscorer, tops Virginia Tech’s record-breaking charts with 2017 graduate Vanessa Panousis with 269 career 3-pointers. The Virginia native Alexandria leads the nation by 50 triples this season.
• •The matchup between two of the conference’s top centers
The truth is that Tech’s Elizabeth Kitley and State’s Elissa Cunane will pit two of the best postal presences in the nation against each other. Kitley’s Tech second center is number one nationwide with nine doubles doubles averaging 17.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per contest in a 56% shot. Cunane uses 16.2 points and 7.5 boards and shoots an efficient 58% off the ground.
Additionally, both players wear the number 33 and are uniquely familiar, both from Summerfield, North Carolina, and having played club ball together for many years as a youth.
• •A ranking victory for the Hokies
Tech’s last win over an AP-ranked opponent came on February 21, 2019 in Cassell against the Miami Hurricanes, ranking 14th. Since then, the Hokies have been 0-5 against opponents who were all in the top 10.
The program’s last win against a top 10 opponent came in December 2015 when the Hokies won 57-43 at No. 8 Tennessee.
The highest-ranked team to beat the program was ODU No. 5 in 1985.