If there was any doubt a couple of weeks ago about who the ACC Player of the Year was going to be; Elizabeth Kitley surely silenced it all with a slew of monster performances that led Virginia Tech on a eight game win streak to close the regular season and secure her the award for the second-straight season.
Back to back for the people that didn't get the message pic.twitter.com/RJOMbyi8sq— Virginia Tech Women's Basketball (@HokiesWBB) February 28, 2023
The big push started when Kitley won ACC Player of the Week in mid-February for her brilliance in two of Tech’s consecutive ranked wins over Duke and NC State.
After averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Hokies' massive four-game stretch where they took down NC State twice, Duke, and Florida State, Kitley upped her own ante once more. In a tough road environment, Kitley became Tech’s all-time leading scorer and delivered the game-winning basket to extend the Hokies winning streak. It was a feat of brilliance that put Kitley in national headlines and put her head and shoulders above her competition for the ACC Player of the Year award.
Just to put some more icing on the cake, Kitley registered her best statistical performance of the season scoring 29 points on 13-20 shooting and hauling in 11 rebounds in Tech’s dominant win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Sunday. The Hokies closed the season on an eight-game win streak and in that time, Kitley averaged 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds per game and finished with multiple blocks across six of the eight final contests.
So after a long and arduous regular season, Kitley reigns supreme as the 2022-2023 ACC Player of the Year, retaining the crown she earned for the first time last year. Kitley’s regular season averages finished at 18.8 PPG, 10.7 RPG on 56.9% shooting from the field. She was also named to the All-ACC First Team and the ACC All-Defensive team as well. Kitley averaged 2.3 BPG this season and was a constant threat to block any opposing player at the rim.
In addition to all the awards racked up by Liz Kitley, a couple other Hokies scooped up some hardware for themselves as well.
Tech’s trusty point guard Georgia Amoore accompanied Kitley on the All-ACC First Team list. Amoore was an All-ACC honorable mention last year as a sophomore. This year as a junior though, Amoore made that jump that the Hokies needed. Amoore averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 assists per game over the course of the regular season, including one recorded triple-double and eight games of 20 or more points.
Last but certainly not least was Taylor Soule, who was awarded with All-ACC second team honors. Soule averaged 11.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 SPG and shot over 51% from the field this season. She takes home her fourth All-ACC accolade of her long tenured career that dates back to her time with Boston College.
All in all, it was a successful awards session for the Hokies, who will bring three All-ACC performers including the best player in the entire conference into Greensboro as they seek their first ACC Tournament championship in program history.