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Louisville’s Dana Evans repeats as ACC Player of the Year

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A Cardinal has now brought home the league’s top individual honor in each of the last four seasons.

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 31 Div I Women’s Championship - Quarterfinals - Connecticut v Louisville Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For the second straight season, Louisville’s Dana Evans has been honored as the ACC Player of the Year by the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel and 15 head coaches.

It marks the fourth straight year that U of L has produced the ACC Women’s Player of the Year, the second longest such streak in league history. Overall, a Cardinal has earned the ACC’s top individual honor in five of the seven years Louisville has been a member of the conference.

Evans leads the conference in scoring at 21.0 ppg and has has scored 20 points or more in 17 of Louisville’s 23 games so far this season. She has scored in double figures in 40 consecutive games, which is the longest streak at U of L in the last 20 years. The senior has also been terrific from the free-throw line, connecting on 93.8% of her attempts to lead the ACC and rank second nationally.

In addition to Evans’ honor, both Olivia Cochran and Hailey Van Lith were named to the ACC’s All-Freshman team, and Mykassa Robinson was honored on the All-Defensive Team.

Here’s the full rundown of honors:

2020-21 Blue Ribbon Panel Awards

ACC Player of the Year: Dana Evans, Sr., G, Louisville
ACC Freshman of the Year: Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse
ACC Coach of the Year: Nell Fortner, Georgia Tech

Blue Ribbon Panel

All-ACC First Team

Lorela Cubaj, Sr., F, Georgia Tech
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Jr., G Georgia Tech
Dana Evans, Sr., G, Louisville
Elissa Cunane, Jr., C, NC State
Jakia Brown-Turner, So., W, NC State
Maddy Westbeld, Fr., F, Notre Dame
Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse
Elizabeth Kitley, So., C, Virginia Tech
Aisha Sheppard, Sr., G Virginia Tech
Ivana Raca, Sr., F, Wake Forest

All-ACC Second Team

Taylor Soule, Jr., F, Boston College
Delicia Washington, Sr., G, Clemson
Morgan Jones, Jr., G, Florida State
Kayla Jones, Sr., F, NC State
Gina Conti, Sr., G Wake Forest

Honorable Mention

Janelle Bailey, Sr., C, North Carolina
Raina Perez, Gr., G, NC State
Jayla Everett, Jr., G, Pitt
Kiara Lewis, Sr., G, Syracuse
Tiana Mangakahia, Gr., G, Syracuse

2020-21 Head Coaches Awards

ACC Player of the Year: Dana Evans, Sr., G, Louisville
ACC Freshman of the Year: Maddy Westbeld, Fr., F, Notre Dame
ACC Coach of the Year: Wes Moore, NC State
ACC Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Lorela Cubaj, Sr., F, Georgia Tech; Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse
ACC Co-Sixth Players of the Year: Jada Boyd, So., F, NC State; Emily Engstler, Jr., G/F, Syracuse
ACC Most Improved Player: Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Jr., G, Georgia Tech

Head Coaches Awards

All-ACC First Team

Taylor Soule, Jr., F, Boston College
Morgan Jones, Jr., G, Florida State
Lorela Cubaj, Sr., F, Georgia Tech
Dana Evans, Sr., G, Louisville
Jakia Brown-Turner, So., W, NC State
Elissa Cunane, Jr., C, NC State
Kayla Jones, Sr., F, NC State
Elizabeth Kitley, So., C, Virginia Tech
Aisha Sheppard, Sr., G, Virginia Tech
Ivana Raca, Sr., F, Wake Forest

All-ACC Second Team

Delicia Washington, Sr., G, Clemson
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Jr., G, Georgia Tech
Maddy Westbeld, Fr., F, Notre Dame
Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse
Gina Conti, Sr., G, Wake Forest

Honorable Mention

Janelle Bailey, Sr., C, North Carolina
Jayla Everett, Jr., G, Pitt
Tiana Mangakahia, Gr., G, Syracuse

All-Defensive Team

Marnelle Garraud, Jr., G, Boston College
Lorela Cubaj, Sr., F, Georgia Tech
Morgan Jones, Jr., G, Florida State
Mykasa Robinson, Jr., G, Louisville
Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse

All-Freshman Team (Blue Ribbon & Head Coaches are the same)

Gabby Elliott, Clemson
Hailey Van Lith, Louisville
Olivia Cochran, Louisville
Deja Kelly, North Carolina
Maddy Westbeld, Notre Dame
Kamilla Cardoso, Syracuse
Georgia Amoore, Virginia Tech
Jewel Spear, Wake Forest