GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

North Carolina State 89, Virginia Tech 87

RALEIGH, N.C. - Kai Crutchfield scored 10 of her 20 points in the last 4? minutes, Jakia Brown-Turner finished with 23 points and No. 2 North Carolina State rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to remain undefeated, beating Virginia Tech 89-87.

Kayla Jones, who made two free throws at the 15-second mark, tallied 22 points for N.C. State (11-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Georgia Amoore's 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds to play for Virginia Tech cut the gap to 88-87 before Raina Perez hit a free throw for the Wolfpack. A heave from near midcourt was well off the mark.

Sophomore center Elizabeth Kitley matched a career high with 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Aisha Sheppard added 24 points for Virginia Tech (7-7, 2-7).

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Crutchfield trimmed the gap to 81-76 with 3:28 to play, igniting what became a 16-0 run.

Crutchfield's steal and layoff off Virginia Tech's next possession followed by Brown-Turner's 3 tied the game. Crutchfield gave N.C. State the lead for keeps with two foul shots with 1:41 remaining.

In a four-minute span of the third quarter, the Hokies wiped out a 10-point hole to go up 56-53.

The gap grew to 69-59 by the end of the quarter.

Virginia Tech's 10-0 run that involved the third and fourth quarters pushed the margin to 73-59 before N.C. State rallied.

Virginia Tech led 24-17 by the end of the first quarter as Cayla King and Sheppard each provided nine points. King's 3-pointer her fourth of the game -- stretched the lead to start the second quarter.

The Wolfpack was up 37-36 on Jones' 3-pointer at the second-quarter's 4:01 mark. It was the team's fifth 3 of the quarter. The Hokies scored only three points in the final 4:20 of the first half, falling into a 47-41 hole at the break.


Associated Press

January 25, 2021