Virginia Tech women sweep No. 16 Duke 65-54

Virginia Tech basketball (WSLS)

DURHAM, N.C. – Elizabeth Kitley had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Aisha Sheppard hit three fourth-quarter 3-pointers as Virginia Tech beat No. 16 Duke 65-54 on Thursday night.

The Hokies swept Duke for the first time in a season series after having beaten the Blue Devils 77-55 on Dec. 30. It’s also their third straight win over the Blue Devils, who hold a 27-6 advantage all-time in the series, and Kenny Brooks’ 450th victory as a head coach.

Kitley, who had 27 points and 13 rebounds in the first over Duke this season, collected her sixth straight double-double and 28th of her career. Sheppard finished with 13 points and Georgia Amore 10 for the Hokies (12-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Azana Baines grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to go with eight points.

Elizabeth Balogun scored 15 points, Miela Goodchild had 12 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double and Shayeann Day-Wilson added 10 points for Duke (11-3, 2-2).

Virginia Tech briefly gave up a lead early in the fourth quarter but then went on an 14-4 run including five points from Kayana Traylor, a pair of 3-pointers by Sheppard and a three-point play by Kitley for a 10-point edge. It was the first double-digit lead of the game, with two minutes remaining.

Duke didn’t take its first lead until the second quarter and scored the final seven of the period to lead 32-25 at the break. Duke kept that lead most of the third period before the Hokies closed the quarter on an 11-5 run capped by Cayla King’s 3-pointer to lead 46-44.

Virginia Tech is home to Clemson and Duke is at North Carolina State on Sunday.