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Gillespie, Ekhomu named first-team All-ACC

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Florida State’s Kiah Gillespie and Nicki Ekhomu were rewarded for their contributions this season, earning All-ACC First Team honors by the league’s women’s basketball coaches and the Blue Ribbon Panel.

It marks the fourth time that two Seminoles have earned All-ACC First Team honors in the same season, with the last two to do it being Shakayla Thomas and Imani Wright in 2018.

Gillespie receives her second straight first-team selection, joining only Thomas (2017 and 2018) and Natasha Howard (2013 and 2014) as Seminoles who have received multiple first-team honors.

Ekhomu, who joined Gillespie on the Preseason All-ACC First Team, gets her first nod on the first team.

Gillespie adds to her long list of season honors, most notably being one of 10 power forwards nationally to be named a finalist for the Katrina McClain Award. The Meriden, Conn., native led the Seminoles in scoring during the regular season with 15.5 points and is also averaging 8.7 rebounds.

In FSU’s six games against AP Top 25 teams this year, Gillespie proved to be at her best. She averaged 21.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 52.9 percent shooting and 43.8 percent from beyond the arc. She ranks in the Top nine in the ACC in overall scoring (seventh), rebounding (fifth) and shooting (ninth) and her 14 games with 10 or more boards is second in the ACC.

Gillespie has added 11 double-doubles this season, tied for the second most in the conference. She was the only ACC player in the regular season to record a triple-double, doing so against No. 24 Michigan (14 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) in a 79-69 win in her homecoming at Mohegan Sun Arena on Dec. 22.

Ekhomu became one of the ACC’s most feared players with the ball in her hands this season. In ACC play, the Bolingbrook, Ill., native was one of the league’s top scoring point guards at 16.0 points per game. She ranks in the Top seven of the ACC in conference scoring (seventh), shooting (seventh; 46.3), assists (third; 5.11) and assist/turnover ratio (fourth; 1.88).

Overall, Ekhomu finished second in the league in assist/turnover ratio (1.92), compiling 140 assists to just 73 turnovers. She registered five 20-point games in the regular season, and also led FSU in free throws made (84) and attempted (113) as well as assists.

Florida State is a No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament and has earned a double bye for the fifth time in the last six seasons. FSU’s quarterfinal matchup on Friday at 11 a.m. will come against either No. 5 Virginia Tech, No. 12 UNC or No. 13 Wake Forest. The game will air on the ACC’s regional sports networks.

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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