BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Before Virginia Tech grabbed a number one seed, before the Hokies lifted their first-ever ACC trophy, and before this historic season even began, there was Aisha Sheppard.
The former Hokies point guard rewrote the record books in Blacksburg before graduating last season. And on Friday night, she was back at Cassell Coliseum to cheer on her former team.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable,” Sheppard said. “I’m so happy for the girls. Not only the girls, but coach Brooks. A lot of people don’t understand what he’s done and what we’ve been through, as an organization, as a program, for us to get to this point, I’m so happy for the team.”
Sheppard knows a thing or two about making history. She graduated as Virginia Tech’s all-time leader in games played and points scored, among other achievements. Then she joined the WNBA as the highest-drafted player Virginia Tech’s ever seen.
Now she’s witnessing her alma mater make a historic postseason run.
“I think it was all the hard work and the tears and the dedication and all the stuff that we went through to get to that point I think came to a head,” Sheppard said. “And of course, watching them hoist that trophy was just an unbelievable feeling for me and I’m just so happy that I was able to leave a legacy and help pave the way.”
And she doesn’t mind seeing her teammates rewrite some of the records she set as a Hokie. In Virginia Tech’s 58-33 win over Chattanooga in the first round, Georgia Amoore broke Sheppard’s single-season three point scoring mark, which now stands at 99.
“I’ve seen her do it a million times but I’m so happy to see that she’s getting the recognition that she deserves,” Sheppard said.
Amoore scored 22 points in the victory.
“I went and hugged her pregame, I just know how much this means to her, she helped build this. I know she would’ve loved to be playing in this environment herself, that was one of her goals when she was here,” Amoore said. “Really great that she came down, I wasn’t expecting to see her, but huge smile on my face when I did see her.”
And as for how far Sheppard predicts the Hokies will go in the tournament?
Sheppard: “Let’s go get the natty!”