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No. 16 Virginia Tech Shocks Rutgers on the Road

By Kyle Beene | December 17
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Georgia Amoore between the legs crossover (Virginia Tech Athletics)

No. 16 Virginia Tech took down Rutgers 84-59 on Sunday, winning its third straight game.

The Hokies hot hands were the talk of the game. After a disappointing 1-7 from deep in the first 10 minutes, Tech went on a dominant 20-1 run in the second quarter. The Hokies made 7-11 threes to go up 14.

Matilda Ekh led the second-quarter shootaround with four from deep. By the half, she had a season-high 16 points on 6-9 shooting. The sharpshooting duo of Georgia Amoore and Cayla King combined for the other three.

While Tech let it rain from the outside, Rutgers drove inside with power. It was rough, but their persistence started to pay off as the Hokies got into foul trouble. Liz Kitley and Clara Strack had three personals apiece early in the third.

The Scarlet Knights successfully opened up the paint, but it didn’t matter. Rutgers couldn’t make shots all night, regardless of the defender. RU was a measly 30% from the floor, taking 18 fewer shots in total. Offensive fouls, turnovers, and a lack of offensive rebounds limited opportunities for the Scarlet Knights, opportunities that were desperately needed with such a low conversion rate.

Ekh finished with 25 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Amoore followed with 18 points, eight assists, and two blocks. Grad transfer Olivia Summiel had her best game with the team too. She went 4-4 from behind the arc for 18 points in the second half and 11 rebounds.

Virginia Tech will return home to play William and Mary (4-6) on December 21st.

Me Ronnie

Born into a family of Hokies, I can remember watching Frank Beamer and Tyrod Taylor on Saturdays with the family, so attending VT was always the dream. 


In 2020, I began my time at Virginia Tech in the Sports Media Analytics program and eventually joined the Sons in January of 2023 as the softball beat writer. Now, I’ve got football, basketball, and baseball coverage, plus you’ll see some of my photographs in articles throughout the website. 


Graduation is on the horizon, but I can’t wait to come back in the fall to begin my Master’s and continue working with the team!


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