BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Sarah Hicks scored 21 points as No. 18 Virginia Tech beat Liberty 60-45 on Monday night in the first round of Women's Preseason National Invitation Tournament.

Hicks, who was 5-for-10 from 3-point range, also had nine rebounds in the season opener for both teams. Tere Williams added eight points, and Kim Seaver had six points and nine rebounds.

Sarah Farley led the Flames with 13 points, and Elena Kisseleva had 12. Kissseleva was 2-for-2 from 3-point range.

Virginia Tech will face No. 3 Georgia on Wednesday. Georgia beat visiting Alabama-Birmingham 76-75 on Monday night.