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Shepard Earns ACC Player of the Week Honors

Jan. 29, 2018

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – On Monday afternoon, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced Notre Dame junior forward Jessica Shepard as its Player of the Week. The Nebraska native averaged 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in road wins over Pitt and No. 8 Florida State.

The ACC weekly honor marks the second for Shepard this season and second straight for Notre Dame, with fellow junior Arike Ogunbowale claiming the accolade the week prior. Overall, the Irish have secured four Player of the Week awards this season, which stands as the most of any ACC school.

Shepard’s stellar week started in Notre Dame’s 87-53 win at Pitt on Jan. 25. Shepard secured her seventh double-double with 28 points and a season high tying 12 rebounds. Furthermore, there was a stretch in the first half in which Shepard scored 15 of the team’s next 17 points, finishing with 19 by the half.

The Nebraska native then followed that performance with a 19-point scoring effort in Notre Dame’s 100-69 victory at No. 8 FSU, extending her double-digit scoring streak to a season best eight consecutive games.

Shepard and the rest of the Irish return to action on Thursday, Feb. 1, when they host North Carolina inside Purcell Pavilion at 7 p.m. ET on ACCN Extra.