A week after being snubbed by the so called "Blue Ribbon Panel", Notre Dame's Kayla McBride received the honor she so richly deserves on Tuesday.
The Atlantic Coast Conferences Coaches selected McBride as the ACC Player of the Year.
The Irish senior has been the driving force behind Notre Dame's 32-0 season, ACC regular season and ACC post-season championships. She's averaging 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
“I’m honored and extremely grateful, and I want to thank the ACC coaches for this award,” McBride said. “This is something that I share with all of my teammates and coaches who all have had a part in making this possible. They’re the ones that push me in practice, that challenge me to get better every day, and it’s because of them that we have been able to have the kind of success as a team we have had so far.”
This marks the 3rd consecutive season that a Notre Dame player has been named conference player of the year as Skylar Diggins won Big East Player of the Years in both 2012 and 2013.
“This is an incredibly well-deserved award for Kayla,” McGraw said. “She’s a tremendously humble and hard-working player who is always looking for ways to make herself and her team better. The growth and development she has shown, not only this season but throughout her four years at Notre Dame, is remarkable and we are so thrilled that she has been recognized with this award.”
In addition to McBride being selected as Player of the Year, the ACC coaches picked Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw as its conference Coach of the Year. McGraw also won Coach of the Year honors last week from the Blue Ribbon Panel.