Center Elizabeth Kitley was named VaSID Defensive Player of the Year, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. She was also a first-team pick, while her teammates Aisha Sheppard and Georgia Amoore were placed in the second team.
Coach of the Year: Carey Green (Liberty)
Rookie of the Year: Dani McTeer (William & Mary)
Player of the Year: Akila Smith (Longwood)
Defensive Player of the Year: Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech)
Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech)
Kiki Jefferson (JMU)
Iggy Allen (ODU)
Taya Robinson (VCU)
Mya Berkman (Freedom)
Camille Downs (NSU)
Aisha Sheppard (Virginia Tech)
Georgia Amoore (Virginia Tech)
Bridgette Rettstatt (Liberty)
Akila Smith (Longwood)
Kitley became the first Hokies athlete to be named ACC Player of the Year and is the first Hokie to be named to an AP All-American team. The center is also the only VT player to earn back-to-back All-ACC First-Team nominations.
The Summerfield, NC native was among the league leaders in points (18.1), rebounds (9.8), blocks (2.4) and FG% (0.551) throughout the season. His 15 double-doubles led the conference, as did his 13 games of 20 or more points. She scored 34 points twice and finished the year with a 42-point performance in the NCAA Tournament, the second-most in the first round of competition. She has recorded four or more blocks in nine different contests. His 237 field goals set a single-season program record.
She ranks ninth all-time at VT in scoring (1,410), fifth in rebounds (800) and third in blocks (187).
Sheppard became the program’s sixth WNBA draft pick on Monday night when she was selected with the 23rd choose in the second round. She is the best choice in the history of the program.
Last season, Sheppard averaged more than 13 points per game and scored in double figures 22 times to a game-high 30 against Tennessee in December. She broke the program’s scoring record, her own 3-point mark in a single season, and the ACC career-high 3FG in 2021-22.
Sheppard, the program’s all-time leader in games played and points scored, became the first VT athlete to be named an All-ACC three times and was also named an All-Tournament at Greensboro this season.
She finished her career in first place all-time in the ACC with 402 3-pointers scored and she holds the three best single-season performances in that category at VT. Sheppard earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2021 and was also recognized as the Skelton Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics in 2021.
Sheppard was selected 23rd overall in the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces.
Amoore was an All-ACC honorable mention athlete and started all 33 games and averaged 11.2 points per game and 4.4 assists, second-highest in the ACC. She shot 40% from beyond the arc to lead the conference, making 70 3s. She played all 45 minutes in an epic overtime win over North Carolina at the ACC Tournament and her crossover at 3 points against Georgia Tech earned him SportsCenter’s best game of the day.
The Aussie became the first Virginia Tech athlete to be named the first team tournament at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.