November 6, 2023
Locked On Women’s Basketball: 2023-24 ACC preview
The Next's ACC beat writer Mitchell Northam joins host Missy Heidrick to preview the 2023-24 season
College basketball is back and so is Missy Heidrick for another Monday episode of the Locked On Women’s Basketball podcast. Today, she had ACC beat reporter Mitchell Northam on to preview the teams and players to watch. Mitchell also wrote an in-depth ACC preview for The Next.
The two started their conversation with a look back to media days where there was a lot of talk about the overall strength of the conference which produced three Elite Eight teams in 2022-23. The league is also set to return 12 of its top 15 scorers from last season.
“ACC led all conferences with NCAA tournament teams last year with eight and I think there’s a lot of people that are expecting that to be much of the same where the league sends half, if not more, of its teams to the NCAA tournament,” Mitchell said. “You ask any coach in the ACC and they will tell you, as they’re supposed to, that they believe that the ACC is the best conference, but I really do think that, that those coaches do deep down believe that. I mean, it’s, it’s going to be another super competitive year.”
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Later, they drilled down on Kenny Brooks’ Virginia Tech squad and two-time ACC Player of the Year Elizabeth Kitley. The Hokies advanced to the Final Four before falling to 2023 champion Louisiana State.
“They’re certainly going to be the hunted this year,” Kitley said. “They’re the best team in the ACC I think, certainly on paper, and based on when you look at what they did last year, and the key pieces they bring back. At center, of course, is Kitley, the 6’6 WNBA prospect and two-time ACC Player of the Year. But I think respect and admiration is really growing also for Georgia Amoore at point guard. She kind of broke out in the postseason last year, you know, won the MVP of the ACC tournament. And then was also the most outstanding player I think at the Seattle 3 regional and was just a very important player in their run last year in terms of distribution, but also being able to create her own shot. She’s really grown into this great three-point shooter.”
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