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No. 8 Hokies trounce Hurricanes to advance to ACC tournament semifinals


Elizabeth Kitley had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help eighthrank­ed Virginia Tech hammer Miami, 68-42, in an ACC tournament quarterfin­al Friday night in Greensboro, N.C.

Georgia Amoore added 16 points with five three-pointers for the third-seeded Hokies (25-4), who took all drama out of this one quickly en route to their ninth straight win. Virginia Tech ran off 10 straight points to take a 20-5 lead after the first quarter, pushed that margin to 18 before halftime and led by 33 late.

And the Hokies did it on a night in which they didn’t shoot particular­ly well, instead dominating the glass to get secondchan­ce baskets to offset their own misses as the sixth-seeded Hurricanes (19-12) remained offtarget.

The Hokies had never been to the semifinals before last season. Now they’re headed back for the second straight year to face No. 13 Duke on Saturday.

• GEORGETOWN 53, BUTLER 46: Jada Claude scored a team-high 17 points as the Hoyas overcame a woeful shooting performanc­e from beyond the arc to knock off the Bulldogs in the first round of the Big East tournament in Uncasville, Conn.

The Hoyas (14-16), who missed all 10 of their three-point attempts and shot 36.2 percent overall (21 for 58), advanced to a quarterfin­al matchup with topseeded and ninth-ranked Connecticu­t (26-5) on Saturday.

Sydney Jaynes scored 21 points to pace the Bulldogs (11-19).

• MASSACHUSE­TTS 63, GEORGE MASON 50: Sonia Smith was the lone bright spot with a game-high 21 points for the Patriots (16-15), who could not overcome poor shooting (19 for 57, 33 percent) and 19 turnovers in a loss to the top-seeded Minutewome­n (25-5) in the quarterfin­als of the Atlantic 10 tour-nament in Wilmington, Del.

• RHODE ISLAND 68, GEORGE WASHINGTON 56: The Colonials (18-13) received little offensive production outside of Nya Lok (21 points) and Nya Robertson (19 points) and were eliminated from the Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfin­als by the second-seeded Rams.

Sophie Phillips scored 17 points for Rhode Island (24-5).

Gamecocks go to 30-0

Victaria Saxton scored 19 points and Aliyah Boston had her 79th career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as top-ranked South Carolina improved to 30-0 with a 93-66 rout of Arkansas in the SEC tournament quarterfin­als in Greenville, S.C.

South Carolina, which has won 36 straight, took control early and used its talented, tall lineup to advance to the semifinals Saturday, when it will face fourthseed­ed Mississipp­i.

Arkansas (21-12) will now sweat things out on the NCAA tournament bubble until Selection Sunday on March 12.

• LSU 83, GEORGIA 66: Alexl is Morris scored 28 points with five three-pointers to lead the fourth-ranked Tigers into the SEC tournament semifinals with a big win over the Bulldogs.

Morris had three of her threes in the first four minutes as LSU (28-1) opened a 10-point lead it never relinquish­ed.

Georgia (21-11) will wait out the next nine days to discover its NCAA tournament destinatio­n.

• OWA 69, PURDUE 58: Caitlin Clark had 12 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter to vault the seventh-ranked Hawkeyes past the Boilermake­rs after a sluggish start in the quarterfin­als of the Big Ten tournament in Minneapoli­s.

Clark, the conference player of the year and the nation’s secondlead­ing scorer, missed 10 of her first 14 shots and picked up a technical foul during a frustratin­g stretch in the first half before helping Iowa (24-6) pull away from feisty Purdue (19-10).

The second-seeded Hawkeyes will play Maryland in Saturday’s semifinals.


STATE 85: Mackenzie Holmes scored 27 points and Sara Scalia added 20 as the second-ranked and top-seeded Hoosiers overcame a slow start to hold off the Spartans in the quarterfin­als of the Big Ten tournament.

Chloe Moore-mcneil had 19 points and 11 assists for Indiana (27-2) while Yarden Garzon added 12 points and five rebounds.

Indiana will play 14th-ranked Ohio State in the semifinals Saturday.

Kamaria Mcdaniel delivered a season-high 32 points for ninthseede­d Michigan State (16-14).

• NOTRE DAME 66, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 60: Niele Ivey is asking her 10th-ranked Fighting Irish for more with star guard Olivia Miles out with a knee injury. It’s hard to imagine Sonia Citron answering that call any better.

Citron had 28 points to reach a season high for the second straight game, helping Notre Dame (25-4) beat the three-time reigning conference champion Wolfpack (20-11) in the ACC tournament quarterfin­als. OHIO STATE 81, MICHIl

GAN 79: Freshman Cotie Mcmahon had 28 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in her Big Ten tournament debut and Taylor Thierry added 20 points as the 14th-ranked Buckeyes held off the No. 17 Wolverines in the Big Ten quarterfin­als.

Ohio State (24-6) has now beaten Michigan three times in a season for the first time.

Brown had 19 points and nine assists to pace Michigan (22-9).

• DUKE 44, NORTH CAROLINA 40: Elizabeth Balogun scored 11 points, including the final two from the line to give the 13th-ranked Blue Devils the lead for good with just under two minutes remaining, and Duke (25-5) outlasted the Tar Heels (21-11) in the lowest-scoring game in ACC history in the conference tournament quarterfin­als.

North Carolina (21-11) struggled offensivel­y, hitting just 15 of 62 shots (24.2 percent).

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