GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

North Carolina State 68, Virginia Tech 55


By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Elissa Cunane scored a season-high 27 points with nine rebounds to help third-ranked North Carolina State beat Virginia Tech 68-55 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Jada Boyd added 13 points off the bench for the second-seeded Wolfpack (18-2), the reigning tournament champion.

The Hokies were one of two teams to beat the Wolfpack this season, and led the other regular-season meeting by 14 in the fourth quarter before N.C. State rallied to win. The 6-foot-5 Cunane missed both meetings due to COVID-19 protocols, but made 10 of 15 shots and 7 of 8 free throws in a big performance against 6-5 Hokies sophomore Elizabeth Kitley.

Meanwhile, Boyd - who shared honors as the ACC's top reserve this year - came through with a big game that included 10 rebounds and three blocks.

Boyd's play was particularly valuable considering starters Jakia Brown-Turner and Kayla Jones had quiet offensive games. Boyd had nine points in the second quarter that tipped control to N.C. State, which built a double-digit lead, then shot 48% after halftime to stay in front as the seventh-seeded Hokies tried to make a push.

Kitley had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Hokies (14-9), the tournament's seventh seed. But top scorer Aisha Sheppard (18.8 points per game) struggled to six points on 2-for-15 shooting that included 0 for 6 from behind the arc.

The teams were tied at 16 after the first quarter, but the Hokies went 1 for 15 in the second period - including the last 5:45 of the half without a basket. That created a big hole they couldn't escape, even after getting as close as four late in the third.

The Hokies shot 35% for the game and made 5 of 21 3-pointers after making 23 in the two regular-season meetings.

March 5, 2021


Virginia Tech
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Kitley C 38 7-13 6-6 0-0 2-9 2 2 1 1 4 20
G. Amoore G 40 5-16 0-0 2-7 0-2 4 0 0 4 0 12
C. King G 40 3-7 0-0 3-7 0-4 1 0 1 1 4 9
A. Sheppard G 38 2-15 2-2 0-6 1-3 4 0 1 1 1 6
A. Baines G 22 3-4 0-0 0-0 0-5 0 0 0 2 4 6
D. Gregg 20 0-1 2-2 0-0 1-6 0 0 0 0 3 2
D. Green 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 20-57
(.351)
10-10
(1.000)
5-21
(.238)
5-33 11 2 3 10 16 55


North Carolina State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Jones F 33 3-7 0-1 1-4 2-5 1 0 0 3 4 7
E. Cunane C 31 10-15 7-8 0-2 1-9 1 0 2 1 2 27
R. Perez G 40 3-7 0-0 2-6 1-3 6 0 0 2 2 8
K. Crutchfield G 39 2-7 2-2 1-4 0-5 2 1 2 0 0 7
J. Brown-Turner G 19 1-7 0-2 0-3 1-1 1 0 1 1 3 2
J. Boyd 28 5-12 3-6 0-3 1-10 1 3 1 2 1 13
C. Hobby 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 1-5 0 0 0 0 0 4
D. Waggoner 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 26-58
(.448)
12-19
(.632)
4-22
(.182)
8-40 12 4 6 9 12 68



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