Aisha Sheppard named ACC Player of the Week

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North Carolina State’s Kai Crutchfield fouls Virginia Tech’s Aisha Sheppard (2) during overtime in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Virginia Tech senior guard Aisha Sheppard has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, and Syracuse center Kamilla Cardoso is the ACC Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week.

ACC women’s basketball weekly awards are voted on by the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel.

Sheppard averaged 22.0 points per game to lift Virginia Tech to a pair of wins last week, including its best victory in program history last Thursday, as the Hokies upset second-ranked NC State in overtime, 83-71. The senior guard led all players with 28 points against the Wolfpack, scoring all of her points after halftime.

She scored 18 of her points in overtime, as Virginia Tech set an NCAA Division I record with 26 points in the extra period. Sheppard was 12-for-14 from the free-throw line in overtime to lead the Hokies to the 12-point victory.

On Sunday, the Alexandria, Virginia, native added 16 points and four assists, as Virginia Tech defeated North Carolina, 73-69. For the week, Sheppard connected on nine 3-pointers to increase her season total to 63, which leads the nation.

Sheppard ranks second in the conference in scoring at 19.25 points per contest and has been scoring at a 24.25 ppg clip in her last four outings. She leads the nation in 3-point shooting with 63 baskets from beyond the arc. She recently became the Hokies’ all-time leader in that category and received a commemorative basketball prior to the game against NC State. Her 282 career 3’s ranks eighth all-time in ACC history.

The Alexandria, Virginia native also leads the conference with 61 made free throws and has made her attempts at an 83.6% clip. 

She also has one of the top assists to turnover ratios in the conference, her 1.58 mark is the seventh-best. 

•A second meeting against the Pitt Panthers is scheduled for Thursday, February 4 at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh. That game will be shown on RSN and will tip at 7 p.m.
•In the first game this season at Cassell on December 10, the Hokies earned an 88-71 victory behind a career night from Cayla King who scored 29 points on 7 for 12 shooting from beyond the arc. Pitt held an eight-point lead at the half before being held to just 23 points in the second half.

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