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Virginia Tech, playing again without Kitley, blown out by Notre Dame, 82-53

Chris Graham
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Top seed Virginia Tech, playing again without three-time ACC Player of the Year Elizabeth Kitley, shot 30 percent from the floor against a streaking Notre Dame team that took no mercy on the Hokies in an 82-53 win in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Saturday.

Notre Dame (25-6) advances to the tournament championship game on Sunday.

Virginia Tech (24-7) now has an uncomfortable eight-day wait until Selection Sunday to see what the impact of Kitley’s knee injury will have on its tournament seeding.

The Hokies, without Kitley, were able to hang around for a while against an Irish squad that had ended a 10-game Tech winning streak last week in South Bend.

But Notre Dame, which led 33-23 at the half, was able to break things open with a huge 19-2 third-quarter run, connecting on 10 of its first 13 shots from the floor.

It would be a 21-point game at the end of three. A brief Virginia Tech flurry got the Hokies to 61-46 on a three from Cayla King with 8:40 to go, but that was as close as it would get.

Georgia Amoore had 24 points for Tech, but was just 11-of-29 from the floor.

Olivia Summiel had 10 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the Hokies.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].