#5 VIRGINIA TECH VS #12 FGCU NCAA TOURNAMENT 1ST ROUND RECAP

College Park, MD- #20 ranked, and #12 seed FGCU (30-2), defeated #16 ranked, and #5 seed Virginia Tech (23-10) 84-81, Friday afternoon from the Xfinity Center.

Stats:

FGCU shot 46.9% (30/64) from the field, 39.5% (15/38) from beyond the arc, and were outrebounded 40-29 by the Hokies. The Eagles dished out 19 assists, had 7 steals, and 1 block in the game. FGCU forced 10 VT team turnovers, while having only 3 team turnovers of their own.

Outstanding Players (#12 FGCU):

Kierstan Bell 22 pts, 8 reb

TK Morehouse 13 pts, 9 asts

Karli Seay 12 pts, 2 reb

Outstanding Players (#5 VT):

Elizabeth Kitley 42 pts, 8 reb

Georgia Ammore 12 pts, 5 asts

Aisha Sheppard 9 pts, 5 reb

Overview:

The Hokies and Eagles put on a show Friday afternoon in College Park! In a game that went back and forth, the depth of the Eagles, overcame a program record 42 points from 6’6 JR C Elizabeth Kitley. Kitley was completely having her way in the post with the smaller Eagles, but FGCU seems to always find a way to win. Kierstan Bell led the Eagles with 22 points, and did most of her damage in the 2nd half of the game, after 2 fouls sent her to the bench in the 1st half. TK Morehouse (13 points), and Karli Seay (12 points) also finished in double figures, and provided balance to the Eagles scoring, compared to the Hokies, who depended on Kitley for most of their points.

FGCU made 15 3 point field goals in the game, with Seay making four 3’s in the game to lead the Eagles in that category. FGCU was able to limit both Georgia Ammore (12 points) and Aisha Sheppard (9 points), the two other most explosive players for the Hokies. Many believed the Eagles were given the short end of the straw, having to face Virginia Tech in the first round, but the Hokies soon learned that the Eagles took that to heart, ending Virginia Tech’s season Friday afternoon in Maryland.

What’s Next:

#12 seed FGCU (30-2) faces #4 seed Maryland University (22-8), Sunday at a time to be announced later.

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