Iowa vs. Virginia Tech final score, results: Caitlin Clark’s 44 points lead Hawkeyes to top-10 victory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nothing says “college basketball is back” like an early-season matchup between two of the nation’s top-10 teams. 

Thursday’s game between Caitlin Clark and the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes and the No. 8 Virginia Tech Hokies lived up to that top-10 billing.

With over 15,000 fans and a number of WNBA scouts in attendance, Clark stole the show, falling two points shy of a career-high with 44 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead Iowa to an impressive statement win.

For Virginia Tech, Georgia Amoore led the way with 31 points while All-American Elizabeth Kitley turned in a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double.

The Sporting News tracked live updates from throughout the top-10 showdown between Iowa and Virginia Tech.

MORE: Caitlin Clark’s dazzling game set to bring the spotlight back to Iowa and women’s hoops

Iowa vs. Virginia Tech score

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Iowa 15 18 20 27 80
Virginia Tech 18 14 16 28 76

Iowa vs. Virginia Tech live updates, highlights from 2023 women’s college basketball game

(All times Eastern.)

Final: Iowa 80, Virgina Tech 76

10:08 p.m.: It’s a wrap from the Spectrum Center.

Led by 44 points from Caitlin Clark, Iowa holds on for a four-point victory over Virginia Tech, which was led by Georgia Amoore’s 31 points.

Clark’s performance is certainly worth a closer look:

The Hawkeyes move to 2-0 early on in the year while the Hokies fall to 1-1. Based on what was put on display tonight, don’t be surprised if these two teams meet again down the line.

10:01 p.m.: Caitlin Clark sinks another pair of free throws to bring her total up to 43 points but Georgia Amoore responds with a 3-pointer to bring her total to 31 on the night.

It’s not over just yet. Timeout on the floor with 5.6 seconds remaining.

Iowa 79, Virginia Tech 76

9:57 p.m.: Make it 41 for Caitlin Clark, who drains two free throws to put Iowa up by six points with 29.4 seconds remaining.

Timeout Virginia Tech.

Iowa 77, Virginia Tech 71

9:53 p.m: Timeout on the floor. Four-point game.

Virginia Tech has the ball trailing by four with under a minute remaining.

Iowa 75, Virginia Tech 71

9:47 p.m.: Every time Virginia Tech starts to rally, Iowa responds.

After the Hokies cut the deficit to six points, Caitlin Clark split a pair of free throws to bring her total to 39 points on the night.

The teams traded a few empty possessions before Virginia Tech head coach Kenny Brooks calls a time out with 1:39 left.

Iowa 75, Virginia Tech 68

9:41 p.m.: Caitlin Clark is inevitable.

Clark has 38 points, eight rebounds and six assists with four minutes remaining in regulation. Iowa is now up 11 points and is looking to pull away.

Iowa 73, Virginia Tech 62

9:37 p.m.: It’s heating up at the Spectrum Center.

Caitlin Clark is up to 35 points, seven rebounds and six assists after setting up two buckets. Elizabeth Kitley is coming alive with 14 points and 11 boards and we have a six-point game with five minutes to go

Iowa 68, Virginia Tech 62

End of third quarter: Iowa 53, Virginia Tech 48

9:31 p.m.: The Hokies respond with a 5-0 run to close the quarter to cut the deficit to five heading into the final frame.

This has the makings of a game that will go down to the wire. Every run has been met with a response as these teams have remained calm, cool and collected. It’s clear that these are teams that are familiar with the big stage.

The fourth quarter’s coming up and it should be a good one.

9:26 p.m.: The Hawkeyes are coming alive.

Caitlin Clark now has 28 points in the game and a 3-pointer from Kylie Feuerbach gives Iowa a 10-point lead with 2:08 left in the third. Timeout Virginia Tech.

Iowa 53, Virginia Tech 43

9:17 p.m.: We’re midway through the third quarter and these teams continue to go back-and-forth. Iowa currently holds a one-point lead.

Caitlin Clark is up to 23 points, six rebounds and three assists in the game. Hannah Stuelke is the other Hawkeye in double figures with 10.

For Virginia Tech, Georgia Amoore has a team-high 20 points. Carleigh Wenzel, who has scored eight points in the game, has picked up four fouls and might not see any more action until the fourth.

Iowa 40, Virginia Tech 39

9:11 p.m.: After a timeout, Elizabeth Kitley’s back.

She’ll check back in at the next dead ball.

9:06 p.m.: We’re early in the second half and Elizabeth Kitley is headed back to the locker room after taking a hard fall.

Kitley came up holding her face and the team’s training staff quickly tended to her. More to come on her status for the remainder of the game.

Halftime: Iowa 33, Virginia Tech 32

8:52 p.m.: One half is in the books and the Hawkeyes enter the break with a one-point lead.

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark and Virginia Tech’s Georgia Amoore lead all scorers with 18 points apiece. Clark’s 18-point output is particularly interesting given she shot just 6 of 15 from the field in the first half. There are definitely a few she’d probably like to have back.

In addition to her 18 points, Clark has added five rebounds and three assists.

While Amoore’s leading the scoring charge, Elizabeth Kitley is holding things down on the block for Virginia Tech with six points, seven rebounds and three blocks. 

8:45 p.m.: Caitlin Clark can score in a hurry and that’s exactly what she’s doing as the half comes to a close.

Clark gets the hoop and harm but fails to convert at the free throw line. She’s got 18 in the first half, a total matched only by Georgia Amoore, who just picked up her second foul.

Iowa 33, Virginia Tech 32

8:37 p.m.: It’s all Hokies midway through two as Virginia Tech has built a seven-point lead with an opportunity to make it eight after the media timeout.

Georgia Amoore is up to 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, including 4 of 8 from deep. Carleigh Wenzel, who just finished through contact, is up to eight points on perfect 3-of-3 shooting from the field.

Caitlin Clark has yet to add to her total in the second frame. Her team-high eight points have been matched by Hannah Stuelke, who is up to eight points off the bench.

Virginia Tech 28, Iowa 21

End of first quarter: Virginia Tech 18, Iowa 15

8:25 p.m.: The first quarter turned into the Georgia Amoore show.

Amoore closes the first by connecting on a heave from half court to bring her total to 11 points in the game, including 3 of 5 shooting from deep. 

For Iowa, Caitlin Clark has struggled to find her shot early. She’s 3 of 10 from the field for 10 points but she’s also dished out three assists and pulled down a rebound. It’s not triple-double watch just yet, but that could change in an instant.

These teams are going to go back and forth all night.

8:15 p.m.: We’ve reached the first break in action tonight and Iowa holds a five-point lead midway through the first.

It’s been a cold start for both teams as the Hawkeyes are shooting 4 of 12 (33.3 percent) from the field and the Hokies are shooting 2 of 8 (25.0 percent) early on.

Iowa 9, Virginia Tech 4

8:08 p.m.: Caitlin Clark drains her first 3 of the night to give Iowa an early five-point lead and the Hawkeye fans are loving it less than three minutes into the action.

Iowa 7, Virginia Tech 2.

8:05 p.m.: The Hokies win the tip first and get on the board first courtesy of a putback from Elizabeth Kitley.

Game on in Charlotte, N.C.


7:40 p.m.: We’re just 140 miles away from Blacksburg, Va. and you can tell.

The Hokies make their way out to the court with “Enter Sandman” blaring over the speakers and the Virginia Tech faithful is loving it. The atmosphere is already incredible.

7:25 p.m.: Starting for Iowa: Molly Davis, Gabbie Marshall, Kate Martin, Caitlin Clark and Hannah Stuelke.

Virginia Tech will start with a lineup of Georgia Amoore, Cayla King, Matilda Ekh, Rose Micheaux and Elizabeth Kitley.

7:15 p.m.: Tip-off is less than an hour away.

The Hokies and Hawkeyes are getting warmed up and Spectrum Center is quickly filling up. Almost everywhere you look, you can spot a black and gold No. 22 jersey.

6:30 p.m.: The stage is set. We’re 90 minutes away from two of college basketball’s top teams facing off.

What channel is Iowa vs. Virginia Tech on?

  • TV channel: ESPN2
  • Live stream: Fubo

Iowa vs. Virginia Tech will air on ESPN2. Viewers can also stream the game on Fubo, which offers a free trial.

Iowa vs. Virginia Tech start time

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 9
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT

Iowa vs. Virginia Tech will tip off around 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 9. The game will be played at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Iowa schedule 2023-24

Date Opponent/Result Time (ET) TV channel
Nov. 6 Iowa 102, Fairleigh Dickinson 46
Nov. 9 Iowa 80, Virginia Tech 76 ESPN2
Nov. 12 at Northern Iowa 3 p.m. ESPN+
Nov. 16 vs. Kansas State 8:30 p.m. FS1
Nov. 19 vs. Drake 7 p.m. FS1

Virginia Tech schedule 2023-24

Date Opponent/Result Time (ET) TV channel
Nov. 6 Virginia Tech 94, High Point 55 ACC Network
Nov. 9 Iowa 80, Virginia Tech 76 ESPN2
Nov. 16 vs. Houston Christian 6 p.m. ACC Network
Nov. 20 vs. UNC Greensboro 6 p.m. ACC Network
Nov. 24 vs. Kansas (Cayman Islands) 5 p.m.

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