newsvirginia tech tops tennessee 73 64 to earn first ever elite eight berth

Virginia Tech tops Tennessee, 73-64, to earn first-ever Elite Eight berth

Chris Graham
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Top seed Virginia Tech held off a second-half Tennessee run to dispatch the Volunteers, 73-64, Saturday in the Sweet 16, advancing the Hokies to a first-ever Elite Eight appearance.

The Hokies (30-4) never trailed, but Tennessee (25-12) cut an 18-point deficit to one with 6:05 to go on a Jasmine Powell three that made it a 53-52 game.

Virginia Tech took control with defense, holding the Vols without a field goal for nearly five minutes to fuel a 16-5 run that put the lead back to double digits.

Georgia Amoore scored a career-high 29 points for the Hokies. Kayana Traylor and Elizabeth Kitley added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Kitley scored her 2,000th career point in the third quarter to become the fifth Virginia Tech basketball player (men’s or women’s) to eclipse the mark.

Tech, which has won 14 straight, will next face #3 seed Ohio State (28-7) with a Final Four berth on the line on Monday at 9 p.m.

The Buckeyes eliminated #2 seed UConn (31-6), 73-61, earlier on Saturday.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris has won 17 Virginia Press Association awards for his work as an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist. Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach Chris? Try [email protected].