Virginia Tech C Elizabeth Kitley Wins ACC Player of the Year

Virginia Tech C Elizabeth Kitley Wins ACC Player of the Year
Photo Credit: Dave Knachel/Virginia Tech Athletics
Tim Thomas

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Mar 01, 2022

For the first time since joining ACC, the best women's basketball in the ACC plays for Virginia Tech as the Hokies star C Elizabeth Kitley was named the 2021-22 ACC Player of the Year.

This came after Kitley continued to show why she's been one of the best post players in America over the past two years averaging 17.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 1.6 assists in 32.8 minutes per game for the Hokies while shooting 53.8% from the field and 72.4% from the free-throw line.

Kitley also was named to the All-ACC First Team and the All-ACC Defensive Team for her efforts this past season. She also joins Erick Green as the only Hokie basketball players male or female to earn at least a share of the ACC Player of the Year honor.

While Kitley wasn't the only elite frontcourt player in the league (see NC State's Elissa Cunane), she was definitely the best in a loaded conference while also playing in big games when matched up against Cunane. While Tech had plenty of talent around Kitley who could pick up her weight on tough nights, Kitley having a big game almost guaranteed wins for the Hokies outside of games against likely 1 seeds Louisville and N.C. State.

Elizabeth Kitley was on the ACC Network's Packer and Durham morning show earlier today to discuss her historic accomplishment for herself and Virginia Tech and had this to say.

There's no doubt that Elizabeth Kitley (along with Aisha Sheppard) have played huge roles in helping bring Virginia Tech women's basketball to a level that has rarely been seen before in Blacksburg and not at all during the ACC era for the Hokies. Kitley is undoubtedly a future Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Famer who has the talent to lead the Hokies on a deep NCAA Tournament run both this year and next.

The legacy of Elizabeth Kitley continues to grow more and more with this being another step forward on that road as one of the greatest basketball players in Virginia Tech history men's or women's.