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Whiteside Named to All-ACC First-Team

March 7, 2016

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Aaliyah Whiteside of the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team has been named to the All-ACC First Team by the ACC’s head coaches, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced on Monday.

Whiteside was also named All-ACC First Team by the ACC’s Blue Ribbon Panel on March 1, 2016. Whiteside is the sixth Jacket to earn All-ACC First Team accolades. Whiteside’s appointment on the All-ACC First Team marks the fourth-straight year Tech has had a player honored on the first team. This is the first postseason award for Whiteside. She was named the ACC Player of the Week earlier this season on Nov. 16.

Whiteside is the third Jacket under Joseph to garner the accolade joining Tyaunna Marshall (2013, 2014) and Kaela Davis (2015). Tech’s three other All-ACC first team members are Kisha Ford (1997), Sonja Mallory (2003) and Ida Neal (1989).

Whiteside also picked up yet another accolade this past weekend after being named to the ACC All-Tournament Second Team. During Georgia Tech’s two games in the ACC Tournament, Whiteside averaged 19.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Yellow Jackets defeated Wake Forest 67-65 in the first round before falling to Louisville 60-50 in the quarterfinals. She is the first Yellow Jacket to be named to the All-Tournament team since Sasha Goodlett, Tyaunna Marshall and Metra Walthour were all honored in 2012.  

Whiteside has had an incredible senior season, leading the ACC in scoring the entire year. She is averaging 19.4 points per game which leads the league and is 36th in the NCAA. She also led the ACC in scoring in conference games with 18.9 points per game. Whiteside has recorded an ACC-high 17 20+ point games. She scored 31 points on two separate occasions against NC State and Clemson. Whiteside has scored in double figures in 29 of 31 games this season and has led the Yellow Jackets on the offensive end in 21 games.

The Memphis, Tenn., native has also cemented her name in Georgia Tech’s record book in a few places this year. Whiteside made her 431st free throw of her career against Boston College, breaking Georgia Tech’s school record of career made free throws. Joyce Pierce (1991-93) previously held the record with 455 made free throws. Whiteside began this season ranked 10th on list with 286 but quickly catapulted up the list and currently has made 483 shots from the foul line. Whiteside ranks second in the nation in made free throws and fourth in attempted free throws this season. Her 483 career free throws made rank eighth among all active players in the NCAA.

Whiteside has also shot up the all-time scoring list. She started off this season with 936 career points. On Nov. 18 she became the 29th Yellow Jacket to score her 1,000th career point. Whiteside has gone from 29th to ninth on GT’s all-time scoring list with her 1,538 career points. She needs 19 more points to tie Joyce Pierce for 8th. She is also in 10th on Tech’s career 3-pointers made list with 107 made 3-pointers.

Whiteside isn’t just a scorer though. She averages 7.2 rebounds per game which is 10th-best in the ACC and leads the Jackets in assists per game, averaging 2.7. The captain also averages 1.6 steals per game. She has recorded five double-doubles this season, including Tech’s first points-assists double-double since 2013.

Whiteside and the Yellow Jackets await their post season fate which will be announced at the beginning of next week.  

Head Coaches Honors – All-ACC Team

First Team
Azurá Stevens, So., F/G, Duke
Shakayla Thomas, So., F, Florida State
Aaliyah Whiteside, Sr., G/F, Georgia Tech
Myisha Hines-Allen, So., F, Louisville
Mariya Moore, So., F, Louisville
Adrienne Motley, Jr., G, Miami
Lindsay Allen, Jr., G, Notre Dame
Madison Cable, GS, G, Notre Dame
Brianna Turner, So., F, Notre Dame
Alexis Peterson, Jr., G, Syracuse

Second Team
Rebecca Greenwell, R-So., G, Duke
Adut Bulgak, Sr., C, Florida State
Miah Spencer, Jr., G, NC State
Dominique Wilson, R-Jr., G, NC State
Brianna Butler, Sr., G, Syracuse 

All-Freshman Team
Stephanie Watts, Fr., G, North Carolina
Asia Durr, Fr., G, Louisville
Mariella Fasoula, Fr., C, Boston College
Arike Ogunbowale, Fr., G, Notre Dame
Marina Mabrey, Fr., G, Notre Dame
Ariel Stephenson, Fr., G, Wake Forest
Destinee Walker, Fr., G, North Carolina
Brenna Wise, Fr., G/F, Pitt 

All-Defensive Team
Azurá Stevens, So., F/G, Duke
Brittany Brown, Jr., G, Florida State
Brianna Turner, So., F, Notre Dame
Briana Day, Jr., C, Syracuse
Alexis Peterson, Jr., G, Syracuse

ACC All-Tournament Teams

Second Team
Azurá Stevens, Duke
Aaliyah Whiteside, Georgia Tech
Asia Durr, Louisville
Jessica Thomas, Miami
Cornelia Fondren, Syracuse

First Team
Myisha Hines-Allen, Louisville
Alexis Peterson, Syracuse
Brianna Turner, Notre Dame
Madison Cable, Notre Dame
Lindsay Allen, Notre Dame

Tournament MVP
Madison Cable, Notre Dame





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