Virginia Tech Earns 1 Seed in 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

Virginia Tech Earns 1 Seed in 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament
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Tim Thomas

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TLP: Editor
Mar 12, 2023

Even more history was made this evening by the 2022-23 Virginia Tech Women's Basketball as they earned a 1 seed in this year's NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

This is the first time that a Virginia Tech basketball team, men's or women's, has earned a #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. They are the third overall #1 seed playing in the Seattle 3 region. Tech will host first and second round games at Cassell Coliseum where they will take on 16 seed Chattanooga in the opening round on Friday. The winner of that game will take on the winner of 8 seed USC vs 9 seed South Dakota State on Sunday.

The opening game will be a reunion of sorts as Chattanooga head coach Shawn Poppie was one of Kenny Brooks' assistants prior to taking over the Mocs' program this past offseason.

Tech's Seattle 3 region also includes a potential rematch with 4 seed Tennessee in the Sweet 16 after the Hokies beat the Volunteers in a game that got close late in Knoxville earlier this season. 5 seed Iowa State is another possible Sweet 16 opponent led by star Ashley Joens who averages 21.3 points per game which ranks 10th in the country.

If they are to reach the Elite 8, iconic 2 seed UConn could be looming along with 3 seed Ohio State, 6 seed North Carolina, 7 seed Baylor, or a Cinderella team.

This comes as the Hokies have had arguably the greatest season in program history going 27-4 so far this season winning 11-straight games entering the NCAA Tournament which included winning their first ACC Tournament title in program history. The Hokies had an impressive 10 wins against teams in the top 25 of the NET including two wins over Duke, a win at Tennessee, and sweeps of North Carolina, NC State, and Louisville this season.

Beyond the impressive team achievements, there have been plenty of impressive individual achievements.

This is headlined by star center Elizabeth Kitley who is now a two-time ACC Player of the Year and an All-American once again after averaging 18.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 56.3% from the field. She also broke VT's career scoring record during a win at North Carolina where she hit a buzzer beater to win the game.

Georgia Amoore had the best season of her career to date earning All-ACC First Team honors while averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting 38.4% from the field including 34.6% from three-point range. She also became the first player to have a triple-double in program history in their victory over Nebraska.

Taylor Soule was the third Hokie to earn All-ACC honors earning a spot on the Second Team after averaging 11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 52.4% from the field. Soule has brought a lot to the Hokies after transferring in from Boston College where she had been an All-ACC player previously and helped elevate this team to greater heights than they achieved last year.

Kayana Traylor and Cayla King round out Tech's strong starting lineup as Traylor averaged 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while King is averaging 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 37.4% from three-point range. D'Asia Gregg has been the key player off the bench averaging 5.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game.