Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball To Play In Women’s Fort Myers Tip-Off

Megan Duffy and Virginia Tech will face solid competition in the Fort Myers Tip-Off in November. (Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech women’s basketball will play in the third annual Women’s Fort Myers Tip-Off in November, the event announced Wednesday. Belmont, Davidson and Michigan round out the Shell Division.

The two-game tournament will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, at Suncoast Credit Union Arena (3,500) on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Fla.

It’s a competitive field that features three teams who won a combined 64 games and had an average NET ranking of 67 at the end of last season.

Davidson, who the Hokies will face in their first game of the tournament on Nov. 29, finished 18-8 (8-7 Atlantic 10) in 2023-24 before canceling the remainder of its season on March 1 due to a significant number of injuries. The Wildcats started the year 12-1, highlighted by a win at Duke, and were a top-25 team before their season was derailed.

Their returning leading scorer is Charlise Dunn, a Virginia Tech transfer from Victoria, Australia, who averaged 12.7 points per game last year. Head coach Gayle Fulks (104-101, .507), a Virginia Beach native, enters her eighth season. She served as an assistant at Wake Forest under Tech assistant Jen Hoover from 2012-16.

Belmont was a solid mid-major squad last year (26-9, 17-3 MVC) but was bounced by Missouri State in the MVC Tournament semifinals and missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. It’s been a consistent program over the last seven years under coach Bart Brooks (172-55, .758) and has won six of the last eight regular-season MVC titles. It was bounced by Penn State and Tech assistant Sharnee Zoll-Norman in the second round of the WBIT in March.

Michigan (20-14, 9-9 Big Ten) went to its sixth consecutive Big Dance in 2024, where it was a No. 9 seed and lost in the first round to Kansas. It lost four of its top five scorers from last season but brought in the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN, which features two top-15 talents in Syla Swords and Olivia Olson.

Duffy was an assistant for the Wolverines from 2014-17 under current head coach Kim Barnes Arico (531-339, .610). She also worked for Barnes Arico at St. John’s from 2009-12. Justine Raterman, who was Duffy’s associate head coach at Marquette, joined the Michigan staff in May.

Last season, Duffy coached Marquette in the Fort Myers Tip-Off and led the program to a Shell Division title with victories over Boston College and Arkansas.

The event is another piece to the Hokies’ non-conference schedule, which includes the Ally Tipoff in Charlotte against Iowa (Nov. 10) and a trip to Georgia for the ACC/SEC Challenge (Dec. 4). Here’s a breakdown of the known 2024-25 slate:

2 Responses You are logged in as Test

Comments are closed.