The Hokies are Hot

Virginia Tech women's basketball is heating up at the right time. A look at how the Hokie ladies have fared this season, and why this year's team is Kenny Brooks' best shot at a tournament run.

[Virginia Tech Athletics]

Don't be fooled: Virginia Tech is still very much a basketball school.

The Hokies women's basketball team has carried the mantle of the premiere basketball program in the NRV this season. Tech rides into the final week of the regular season 22-4 and third place in a highly competitive ACC. This team is really good, and they are peaking at the right time: the Hokies have won six straight games, including three against top-25 opponents by an average of 14 points. That included a 61-45 drubbing of No. 9 Duke in Cassell Coliseum last week, a game that was uncompetitive from start to finish.

On Sunday, Tech honored their six seniors before a crowd of 6,413 in Cassell. The Hokies delighted the largest gathering to watch a women's game in Blacksburg in years with a 75-62 win over NC State, a fitting capstone for a senior class that has transformed a perennial doormat in the ACC into one of the nation's best programs.

The Hokies are currently ranked 12th in the NET, while the Massey Ratings have Tech as the nation's 10th-best team. It took awhile for Kenny Brooks' squad to gel, but they are now living up to their lofty preseason expectations, and are well on the path to hosting a regional in Blacksburg come March.

If you haven't kept up with the Lady Hokies this season, that's okay! Today we'll look at the key ingredients behind Tech's magical season, and why this year's team is set up better than any other for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Batman and Robin (And More)

Winning starts with talent, and there are very few teams with a better roster from top to bottom than Virginia Tech. The floor general is Georgia Amoore, who averages 5.4 assists per game and is one of the best high-volume three-point shooters in America, shooting 34% from downtown on almost nine attempts. She has been a scoring tear as of late (21.8 ppg over her last four games), and even when her shots aren't falling is still dishing out assists left and right with her ability to penetrate, thanks to her speed and handles. On most nights, the Australian is the fastest player on the court.

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