Elissa Cunane seals NC State’s win over Virginia Tech for ACC title


Third-ranked NC State took down No. 23 Virginia Tech 68-66 on Sunday to secure the regular-season ACC title. It was NC State’s seventh win over a ranked opponent this season.

The Wolfpack scored 48 points in the paint to the Hokies’ 22. Turnovers were another key area in which NC State excelled, scoring 21 points off of turnovers to Virginia Tech’s seven. In the fourth quarter, however, they scored just eight points and watched a nine-point lead evaporate.

“We knew it was gonna be a battle all game,” Elissa Cunane told ACC Network postgame. “We knew it wasn’t going to be a blowout, that we would have to fight every possession.”

Cunane had the game-winning shot, breaking the 66-66 tie with 53 seconds left in the game. From there, NC State made a pair of key stops to secure the win.

Cunane led all scorers with 22 points. Kayla Jones and Kayda Boyd had 12 and 11 points apiece.

Jones surpassed 1,000 career points with her effort, becoming the 36th player in program history to do so.

Elizabeth Kitley led Virginia Tech with 18 points and seven rebounds while Aisha Sheppard was the only other Hokie in double-digits with 16 points.

NC State heads into the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed, opening the tournament on Friday after a double bye. They will face either No. 8-seed Boston College or No. 9-seed Florida State in the quarterfinals.