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Virginia Tech coach: Hokies proved themselves ‘elite’ in ACC Tournament

Georgia Amoore and Virginia Tech won the ACC Tournament title over Louisville. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Virginia Tech women’s basketball made history Sunday, winning its first-ever ACC Tournament title with a 75-67 win over Louisville.

Georgia Amoore had 25 points for the Hokies, including three 3-pointers to set the record for most 3-pointers in a tournament with 14. The tournament MVP, Amoore said after the win that the Hokies knew they had a shot at the title before the postseason began. 

“Our team just wanted it so bad, and we knew that we were going to win it from the start,” Amoore said. “We were saying we were going to win it, and we just all had to believe and give every single ounce of effort. The effort was just a huge factor.”

Her teammates Elizabeth Kitley and Cayla King can now add the conference title to their trophy cabinet alongside the two state championship titles that they won playing together in high school for Northwest Guilford in Greensboro, North Carolina, the same city that hosts the ACC Tournament.

“We watched Arike Ogunbowale, we watched Notre Dame, we watched Louisville win,” said Kitley of growing up in Greensboro. “For it to be us and for Virginia Tech to have champions next to it is incredible, and I’m so happy that we’ve seen this.”

Virginia Tech coach Kenny Brooks said he sold Amoore and Kitley “a vision.” Brooks made history of his own Sunday, becoming the first Black man to win an ACC women’s basketball tournament title.

Now he wants to see how far his Hokies can go.

“Watching everything come to fruition…They went out and they executed it,” he said. “We said we would be here, and we never wavered. It didn’t matter who we were playing, and we proved that we were one of the elite teams in the country. I’m so excited.”