Lady Vols see its season come to an end in Sweet 16

Virginia Tech defeats Tennessee 73-64
Published: Mar. 25, 2023 at 7:28 PM EDT
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SEATTLE, Wa. (WVLT) - The Lady Vols and Virginia Tech took to Climate Pledge Arena in the Sweet Sixteen. In these teams’ first meetings, the Hokies escaped Thompson-Boling Arena with a three-point win. Saturday night, it’s a chance to punch their tickets to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

The fourth quarter started with the same energy the Lady Vols closed the third with. Virginia Tech turns it over and Jordan Horston swipes it and converts with a turnaround jumper to make it 51-45 VT. A few seconds later Tech turns it over again, Jordan Walker gets the steal and cashed in with a made layup, 51-47 VT, and the Hokies call a timeout.

Following a strong start, the Lady Vols went silent for the next six minutes, and Virginia Tech was able to maintain a sizeable lead, holding off any Lady Vols comeback. Tennessee and VT both posted 24 points. Georgia Amoore led the game in points with 29, the next closest was Lady Vols’ Jordan Horston with 17.

The third quarter featured more of the same, a fast-paced Hokies squad gave Tennessee plenty of problems. The Lady Vols struggled to slow down Hokies Georgia Amoore who posted points. However, they kept fighting, outscoring the Lady Vols outscored VT 18-14 in the third, by shooting 47 percent from the field compared to VT’s 31 percent. This effort brought Tennessee within nine 49-40.

To start the second quarter, Hokies Georgia Amoore drained a bucket to make it 20-13, through two periods she’d lead the game in points with, 15 points.

Tennessee went on a 4:25-minute scoring drought to close the frame. No Lady Vol is in double-digit scoring. Virginia Tech leads it 35-22.

Early in the first quarter, the Hokies got out to a fast 7-0 run before Jordan Walker would cash in for the Lady Vols’ first bucket. The Lady Vols would find the basket a few more times to make it 18-13 to close the period.

Tennessee went 6-of-19 from the field and 1-of-7 from behind the arc. Virginia Tech outrebounded Tennessee 15-10.