UNC Women's Basketball loses to No. 8-ranked Virginia Tech

The UNC women's basketball program wasn't able to pick up another top-10 win this week, as Virginia Tech picked up a win on their 'Senior Night'
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The UNC women's basketball program fought but it wasn't enough, as No. 8-ranked Virginia Tech defeated the Tar Heels on their 'Senior Night' in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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From hours before the game until the final buzzer sounded, it felt like the Tar Heels simply didn't stand a chance, as the writing on the wall was that the highly-anticipated 'Senior Night' had to end well for the Hokies.

ESPN College GameDay, who was on site in Blacksburg, essentially treated the hour show as if the Tar Heels didn't even exist, as there was ONE mention of the Tar Heels about 50 minutes into the broadcast.

If you watched, we're sorry you wasted your time. If you didn't consider yourself lucky.

The ACC Network broadcast was very similar, as the hometown cooking was definitely on display. Let's add that to the fact that Elizabeth Kitley, who shot more free throws than the entire UNC women's basketball program, made multiple trips to the free throw line due to "phantom fouls."

North Carolina was down 21-5 after one quarter of play, as the Tar Heels couldn't get into a rhythm offensively. Deja Kelly started to heat up but really didn't get much help, as everytime the Tar Heels crept back into it, Virginia Tech had some sort of answer.

Everything that could have gone Virginia Tech's way did, as foul trouble really hampered North Carolina, especially down the stretch. Alyssa Ustby, who is so vital to this North Carolina team, fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, as her presence alone was a huge loss as the Tar Heels attempted to mount a comeback.

Kelly finished with a team-high 28 points, as Lexi Donarski was the only other Tar Heel in double-figures.

You have to give this short-handed group a ton of credit, as they did battle throughout the entire contest. Although the score indicates a double-digit loss, it felt as if it wasn't a double-digit deficit, as North Carolina found ways to stay in the game, even with all the elements against them.

But hey, the officials are quite happy that their Hokies picked up the win.

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