The Hokies have a unique double header tomorrow. The men play at Wake Forest at 6 PM and the women play Wake at Cassell at 4 PM. The game is an ACC Network game. The Lady Deacons(Deaconesses?) are 6-4, 3-3 in the ACC with wins at home against UNC, Miami and BC and losses on the road at NC State, UNC, and Notre Dame. The Hokies are 7-4, 2-4 in ACC play, with wins at home against PItt and at UNC and losses at home to FSU and Louisville, and at Notre Dame and at Ga Tech.
Jen Hoover, in her tenth season as head coach, played at William Byrd High School in Roanoke. She played for Wake Forest and until recently held the school record for career points and rebounds. She had the interesting experience of coaching the girl who broke her records, Dearica Hamby.
The starting five are tall enough to play well against the Hokies; but they don't have anyone to match Kitley. However, they don't have anyone short enough to be guarded effectively by Amoore. They have 8 players who play 12 to 35 minutes; the five starters play 25 to 35 minutes. Almost all of their scoring comes from the starters, (60.3 of their 71.2 ppg). Gina Conti and Jewel Spear are the primary threats from long distance with both shooting over 40% from three. Ivana Raca averages 16.6 ppg and 9 rpg. They have three players who have not seen the court this year, including 6'4 Sr Forward Maya Banks, who played in 27 games last year.
#11 Ivana Raca(6'2", Sr, Forward)
34.3 min, 16.6 pts(42.1%, 25.7% from 3), 9 rebounds, 18 assist, 28 TO, 7 blk
#5 Gina Conti (5'10", Sr, Guard)
35.5 min, 15.5 pts(47.3%, 40.9% from 3), 3.4 rebounds, 38 assists, 25 TO
#23 Christina Morra (6'2", Jr, Forward)
25.7 min, 10.3 pts(58.5%. no attempts from 3), 3.9 rebounds, 6 assists, 23 TO
#24 Jewel Spear (5'10", Fr, Guard)
30 min, 9.3 pts(39.5%, 40.7% from 3, 3 rebounds
#32 Alexandria Scruggs (5'10", So, Guard)
28.1 min, 8.6 pts(43.3%, 34.5% from 3), 4.8 rebounds, 55.6% FT
#15 Nevaeh Brown (5'8", Fr, Guard)
12.3 min, 4 pts(33.3%, 1-7 from 3)
#2 Kaia Harrison (5'7" So, Guard)
14.6 min, 3.1 pts(28.6%, 0-6 from 3), started 1 game
#20 Olivia Summiel (6'2", So Forward)
18.5 min, 3 pts(34.6%, 0-3 from 3), 80% FT
#1 Anaia Hoard (5'10". Sp. Guard)
4.9 min, 1.9 pts(1-9, 2-2 from3), has played in 9 games
I don't whom the home court advantage goes to. Wake can't win on the road and the Hokies are 1-2 at home. If Kitley and/or Jones or Baines can control Raca, the Hokies should be able to control this game. Conti is the other scoring threat and she seems to score about equally well from inside and outside the arc; she also shoots a lot of FTs. The Ladies will have to guard her without fouling or we may have some issues keeping her defender on the court.
Wake should not have anyone who can defend Kitley. She should be able to have her way underneath. If she is effective and can draw fouls from the Wake forwards, this may be an easy game. Amoore may have trouble getting her shot off against the starting five; they all have a significant height advantage when guarding her. If Sheppard and Kitley have their average game, the Hokies come away with a good win.