UVA’s Willoughby named All-ACC First Team

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Virginia women’s basketball senior guard Jocelyn Willoughby has been named to the All-ACC First Team in a vote by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league’s head coaches, as announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Willoughby, who leads the ACC in scoring (19.5 points per game) and ranks 12th in rebounding (7.5 per game), is the 18th player in program history to earn first team honors from the conference and is the first player to do so since 2013 when Ataira Franklin earned the accolade. More recently, Faith Randolph was named to the second team in 2015 and Dominique Toussaint was an honorable mention in 2018.

Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) was added mid-season to the watch list for the WBCA player of the year honor, the Wade Trophy, as well as being on the initial watch list for the USBWA Ann Myers Drysdale National Player of the Year award. Last month, she earned Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District III honors for the second straight year, the only women’s basketball player to do so. She has nine double-doubles this season and a conference-best 14 20-point games, including a 31-point performance against Bucknell and a 29-point game last week in Blacksburg in the Cavaliers’ victory over the Hokies.

Each of the All-ACC teams is comprised of a 10-player first team and a five-player second team. Both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the coaches also vote on an All-ACC Freshman Team with the coaches determining an All-Defensive team.

The ACC player, coach, freshman and defensive players of the year will be announced on Tuesday morning. The All-ACC Academic Team and the Kay Yow Award, presented to the ACC women’s basketball scholar athlete of the year, will be announced on Wednesday at 10 a.m. by the conference office.

2019-20 All-ACC Team (as voted on by the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel) 

First Team 
Haley Gorecki, Gr., G, Duke
Kiah Gillespie, Sr., F, Florida State
Nicki Ekhomu, Sr., G, Florida State
Dana Evans, Jr., G, Louisville
Jazmine Jones, Sr., G, Louisville
Kylee Shook, Sr., F, Louisville
Elissa Cunane, So., C, NC State
Janelle Bailey, Jr., C, North Carolina
Kiara Lewis, Jr., G, Syracuse
Jocelyn Willoughby, Sr., G, Virginia

Second Team 
Emma Guy, Sr., F, Boston College
Taylor Soule, So., F, Boston College
Leaonna Odom, Sr., F, Duke
Aisha Sheppard, Sr., G, Virginia Tech
Ivana Raca, Sr., F, Wake Forest

Honorable Mention
Francesca Pan, Sr., G, Georgia Tech
Aislinn Konig, Sr., G, NC State
Taylor Koenen, Sr., G, North Carolina
Destinee Walker, Gr., G, Notre Dame
Taja Cole, Gr., G, Virginia Tech

All-ACC Freshman Team 
Amari Robinson, G, Clemson
Jakia Brown-Turner, G, NC State
Malu Tshitenge, F, North Carolina
Sam Brunelle, F, Notre Dame
Katlyn Gilbert, G, Notre Dame
Anaya Peoples, G, Notre Dame
Dayshanette Harris, G, Pitt
Elizabeth Kitley, C, Virginia Tech

2019-20 All-ACC Team (as voted on by the league’s head coaches)

First Team 
Haley Gorecki, Gr., G, Duke
Kiah Gillespie, Sr., F, Florida State
Nicki Ekhomu, Sr., G, Florida State
Dana Evans, Jr., G, Louisville
Jazmine Jones, Sr., G, Louisville
Elissa Cunane, So., C, NC State
Emma Guy, Sr., F, Boston College
Kiara Lewis, Jr., G, Syracuse
Jocelyn Willoughby, Sr., G, Virginia
Aisha Sheppard, Sr., G, Virginia Tech

Second Team 
Leaonna Odom, Sr., F, Duke
Francesca Pan, Sr., G, Georgia Tech
Kylee Shook, Sr., F, Louisville
Aislinn Konig, Sr., G, NC State
Ivana Raca, Sr., F, Wake Forest

Honorable Mention
Taylor Soule, So., F, Boston College
Janelle Bailey, Jr., C, North Carolina
Taylor Koenen, Sr., G, North Carolina

All-ACC Freshman Team 
Amari Robinson, G, Clemson
Jada Boyd, F, NC State
Jakia Brown-Turner, G, NC State
Malu Tshitenge, F, North Carolina
Sam Brunelle, F, Notre Dame
Katlyn Gilbert, G, Notre Dame
Dayshanette Harris, G, Pitt
Elizabeth Kitley, C, Virginia Tech

All-ACC Defensive Team 
Haley Gorecki, Gr., G, Duke
Jazmine Jones, Sr., G, Louisville
Kylee Shook, Sr., F, Louisville
Mykea Gray, Jr., G, Miami
Taja Cole, Gr., G, Virginia Tech

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