Sheppard, Kitley, and Amoore earn ACC honors

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GREENSBORO – The ACC announced its end of season conference honors Tuesday morning on Packer and Durham on the ACC Network, with three Hokies earning well-deserved accolades after their performances throughout the 2020-21 season. Both Aisha Sheppard and Elizabeth Kitley were recognized on the First Team and point guard Georgia Amoore was selected to the All-Freshman Team.

The league office’s announcement marks the first time that the program has had two First Team All-ACC members since joining the conference in 2004.

Sheppard concluded the regular season second in the conference in scoring at 19.38 points per game and the Alexandria, Virginia native led the league with 84 3’s, tying her own single-season record at Virginia Tech and cemented herself at the top of the charts in program history. Her career total of 303 ranks seventh all-time in the ACC. 

Her 77 made free throws are third in the league. She also averaged a career-best 3.2 assists this season playing 33.5 minutes per game.

Sheppard has scored 20 or more nine times this season, including a 28-point effort as the Hokies earned the best win in school history, defeating then-No. 2 NC State 83-71 in overtime. She scored all of her points after halftime, including 18 in the overtime period alone.

She was recognized as the ACC Player of the Week on February 1 and is one of two players in the conference to record 10 or more points in each game this season.

With the honor, she becomes the first Hokie to ever earn First Team twice after her selection in 2019.

Kitley ranks among the top four in the league in points (18.57), rebounds (10.9), field goal percentage (54.2), blocks (1.95 per game) and free throws (79), in addition to leading the conference in double-doubles with 13.

The Summerfield, North Carolina native is the only ACC athlete to register two 30-point scoring games this season and was one of two players to record a 20-rebound game, which she did in a contest vs. Wake Forest where she tied a school record with 21.

She was recognized as the ACC’s Co-Player of the Week on January 18 and recorded six games of 20 or more points this season.

Amoore, averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 2020-21, culminating with an All-Freshman Team nod. The Australia native ranks fourth in the conference in assists and is second in 3-point field goal percentage (42%).

She was awarded Freshman of the Week honors on February 15 after scoring 17 points on 5 of 6 shooting from beyond the arc and registering five assists and four steals in a 20-point win at Miami.

Her 11.2 points per game is the fourth-highest total for a rookie in the league. Her 97 total assists are by far the most for a frosh, with Carolina’s Deja Kelly in second place with 62 on the season.

With the award haul, 2021 not only marks the first season that two Hokies have earned First Team honors, but is the third consecutive season that Tech has had an athlete named to the ACC’s First Team. With Amoore included on the All-Freshman Team, Coach Brooks and the Hokies have had an athlete feature on that Team for each of the past three seasons as well.

A complete list of the ACC postseason honors can be seen below:

2020-21 Blue Ribbon Panel Awards
ACC Player of the Year: Dana Evans, Louisville, Sr., G
ACC Rookie of the Year: Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse
ACC Coach of the Year: Nell Fortner, Georgia Tech


All-ACC First Team
Lorela Cubaj, Georgia Tech
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Georgia Tech
Dana Evans, Louisville
Elissa Cunane, NC State
Jakia Brown-Turner, NC State
Maddy Westbeld, Notre Dame
Kamilla Cardoso, Syracuse
Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech
Aisha Sheppard, Virginia Tech
Ivana Raca, Wake Forest

All-ACC Second Team
Taylor Soule, Boston College
Delicia Washington, Clemson
Morgan Jones, Florida State
Kayla Jones, NC State
Gina Conti, Wake Forest

Honorable Mention
Janelle Bailey, North Carolina
Raina Perez, NC State
Jayla Everett, Pitt
Kiara Lewis, Syracuse
Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse

All-Freshman Team (Blue Ribbon & Head Coaches are the same)
Gabby Elliott, Clemson
Hailey Van Lith, Louisville
Olivia Cochran, Louisville
Deja Kelly, North Carolina
Maddy Westbeld, Notre Dame
Kamilla Cardoso, Syracuse
Georgia Amoore, Virginia Tech
Jewel Spear, Wake Forest

2020-21 Head Coaches Awards
ACC Player of the Year: Dana Evans, Jr., G, Louisville 
ACC Freshman of the Year: Maddy Westbeld, Fr., F, Notre Dame
ACC Coach of the Year: Wes Moore, NC State  

ACC Defensive Co-Players of the Year
Lorela Cubaj, Sr., F, Georgia Tech
Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse

ACC Sixth Co-Players of the Year
Jada Boyd, So., F, NC State
Emily Engstler, Jr., G/F, Syracuse

ACC Most Improved Player: Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Jr., G, Georgia Tech

All-ACC First Team
Taylor Soule, Boston College
Morgan Jones, Florida State
Lorela Cubaj, Georgia Tech
Dana Evans, Louisville
Jakia Brown-Turner, NC State
Elissa Cunane, NC State
Kayla Jones, NC State
Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech
Aisha Sheppard, Virginia Tech
Ivana Raca, Wake Forest

All-ACC Second Team
Delicia Washington, Clemson
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Georgia Tech
Maddy Westbeld, Notre Dame
Kamilla Cardoso, Syracuse
Gina Conti, Wake Forest

Honorable Mention
Janelle Bailey, North Carolina
Jayla Everett, Pitt
Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse

All-Defensive Team
Marnelle Garraud, Boston College
Lorela Cubaj, Georgia Tech
Morgan Jones, Florida State
Mykasa Robinson, Louisville
Kamilla Cardoso, Syracuse 

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