Sheppard sparks Hokies’ 92-57 victory over George Washington

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BLACKSBURG, Va. Georgia Amoore scored the game’s first two baskets on layups and Tech sprinted out to a 13-0 lead that would be indicative of the evening as the Hokie defeated George Washington 92-57 Tuesday night on Carilion Clinic Court at Cassell Coliseum to move to 3-0 on the young season.
 
The Colonials dropped to 2-1.

Hokies tie Cassell record with 16 made 3’s in rout Tuesday night
 
Senior guard Aisha Sheppard continued her tear to open the season by knocking down four 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes, helping the Hokies take a 49-27 advantage into the locker room. She had 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting and keyed a 12-4 run to end the half.
 
Tech also received a big night from its other All-ACC performer as center Elizabeth Kitley registered a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She made all seven of her field goal attempts.
 
 In the third quarter the Hokies used a 15-0 run to grab a 39-point lead with timely contributions from Alex Obouh Fegue and Makayla Ennis off the bench, who hit two triples in the contest.
 
Tech’s 92 points were 17 more than the Colonials had given up in its first two contests combined.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
•Tech owned the glass with a 48-19 margin
•The Hokies made a season-high 16 triples while the Colonials made just two
•GW was 50% from the free throw line (11-22)
•Tech’s assist to turnover ratio was 1.0 (18-18)
 
GAME NOTES
•Virginia Tech is now 12-10 against the Colonials.
Kenny Brooks‘ record moves to 89-49 at Virginia Tech and 426-171 in his career.
•Tech is 11-2 all-time on December 1.
•The win was the Hokies’ 58th straight against non-conference opposition inside Cassell.
•Tech’s starting lineup of Amoore, Sheppard, Cayla King, Jones and Kitley, accounted for 72 points.
•Kitley registered a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds), her third consecutive to open the season and the first time in her career that she has had three in a row.
•The 22-point output was Sheppard’s first 20-point game since scoring 32 vs. Virginia (Feb. 23, 2020)
Cayla King has hit three or more 3’s in each game this season. She has 12 this season in after having 26 all of last season. 
•The bench accounted for 20 points against the Colonials, the best output of the young season for that group.
•The Hokies topped 90 points for the first time since scoring 105 against Saint Francis in the 2019-20 season opener.
 
NEXT TIME ON CARILION CLINIC COURT
•The Hokies are back at Cassell Coliseum on Friday December 4 to face Appalachian State. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on ACC Network. 
 
Appalachian State is 2-0 on the season after defeating Charlotte 74-68 and UNC Asheville 70-60.

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