ACC Women’s Basketball: Player and Rookie of the Week Announced

Virginia Tech’s Hicks and North Carolina’s Watts share Player of the Week honors

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – North Carolina sophomore guard Stephanie Watts and Virginia Tech sophomore guard Chanette Hicks have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week, while Georgia Tech freshman guard Francesca Pan earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors, as announced Monday afternoon by the conference office and voted upon by the Blue Ribbon Panel. 

North Carolina’s Watts set an ACC record with 10 three-pointers against Charleston Southern, and finished the game scoring a career-high 39 points in the 93-77 win over the Bucs. Her scoring total was tied for the fifth most points ever scored by a Tar Heel player in a single game. 

Watts also registered her third double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds in a
come-from-behind victory over Minnesota (91-77) in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas to complete
the week. She averaged 24.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.0 assists per game in a 2-1 week
for the Tar Heels.

Virginia Tech’s Hicks led the Hokies to a 2-0 week, including a 67-63 win over No. 17/16 Tennessee. Hicks registered a career-high tying 24 points against the Lady Vols while grabbing five rebounds and a career-best eight steals. With the Hokies trailing by five in the early third quarter, Hicks went to work in the second half, scoring 17 points. In the final minute with Tech holding a one-point lead, the Norfolk, Virginia, native scored four unanswered points to help secure the win. Earlier in the week, Hicks dropped 22 points and had six steals in a 71-61 win at College of Charleston.

Freshman Francesca Pan led Georgia Tech to the Freeport Division Title at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas, averaging 20.0 points per game, and was named the Tournament MVP for her efforts. 

Pan opened the tournament leading all scorers with a career-high 25 points, going 7-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range in the Yellow Jackets’ 81-68 win over Dayton. Pan’s four 3-pointers marked a career-best for the freshman who also set a career-high at the free throw line, hitting 7-of-8 against the Flyers. 

Pan followed her career night with 15 points in a 72-70 win against Missouri to claim the Freeport Division title. The Italian native played 23 minutes, was 6-of-12 from the field, and recorded three steals and two assists in the win. 

The 10th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge will be played this week with six games on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and eight games on Thursday, Dec. 1. The ACC holds a 62-46 edge over the Big Ten in Challenge games played to date, and six Challenge titles.