Kenny Brooks and the Virginia Tech women’s basketball program have gotten off to an impressive start that pushed them into the top 25 for the first time in years last week. The Hokies’ reward for jumping in the top 25 was a week full of games ahead of a week of exams that would limit practice before the Hokies’ last big non-conference challenge at Auburn. With that said, here’s your women’s basketball weekly recap.
VT Beats Gardner-Webb, Central Connecticut State In Three Days
Virginia Tech opened the week with a double-header of games against weaker opposition in Gardner-Webb and Central Connecticut State. Virginia Tech took care of business easily in both games beating Gardner-Webb 76-42 and Central Connecticut State 81-47.
Regan Magarity may have been the biggest stars of these two games with double-doubles in both as she had 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks against Gardner-Webb and followed that up with 15 points and 15 rebounds against CCSU. Meanwhile, Sidney Cook made some big things happen in those two games with a total of 34 points and 17 rebounds while Chanette Hicks averaged 16 points, 5.5 assists, and 4 steals in the two victories.
The Hokies took care of business in those two games as a top 25 team should, but faced a slightly better opponent on Sunday. However, the Hokies were ready to meet that challenge.
Virginia Tech 98, Bowling Green 51
Virginia Tech rose to the challenge against Bowling Green and after a slow start that had them down 2 after the first quarter, the Hokies outscored them 29-7 in the second quarter and never looked back on their way to a dominant 98-51 victory ahead of their road trip to Auburn one week after this game.
Sami Hill has had her fair share of struggles this season, but this was the breakthrough game for the senior as she had a big day with 21 points to lead the Hokies plus 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal in what was the best game of her season so far. Regan Magarity had her third-straight double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks while Sidney Cook had her second-straight double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Virginia Tech had six players in double figures in this game with Chanette Hicks having 17 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals; Vanessa Panousis having 15 points and 2 assists; and Kendyl Brooks scoring 11 points and getting 3 rebounds coming off the bench. One big factor was the fact that Virginia Tech was on fire from deep shooting 13-for-26 from beyond the arc in what was a strong three-point shooting performance.
Virginia Tech Rises One Spot to 24th
The Hokies were rewarded for their success as they rose one spot to 24th in the rankings while no longer being that close to teams on the outside of the top 25. Virginia Tech has proven to have a strong starting 5 this season while Kendyl Brooks and Kaela Kinder have provided quality minutes coming off the bench consistently for Virginia Tech.
If Virginia Tech wants to stay and rise up in the top 25, they’ll have to go on the road and get a big win at a quality Auburn team that received 7 votes this past week. However, this Hokies’ team has shown it can go on the road with road victories over UCF and Charleston, but the Tigers will be a big test for this team to see if they are still worthy of being in the top 25.
The Hokies are well-ahead of schedule in year 1 of the Kenny Brooks era as they already look like a team that will be playing in the big dance in March though the competition will only increase this Sunday at Auburn and in a few weeks once ACC play starts. That is when we’ll start to learn more about whether this team can continue to prove that they are one of America’s 25 best
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