Alexis Peterson Named ACC Player of the Year

Syracuse guard Alexis Peterson cuts down the net after a regional final women's college basketball game against Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Peterson scored 29 points as Syracuse won 89-67. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 3:06 pm by Sports Editor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse guard Alexis Peterson was named the ACC Conference’s top player on Tuesday, making her the first Orange player ever to receive the accolade.

Peterson has shined in the 29 games she has played in so far this season, recording seven double-doubles, while averaging 23.6 points, 7.2 assists and 3.1 steals per game. The senior has also shot 42.6% from the field, including nearly 37% from behind the arc.

In addition, her 45 points against North Carolina State on January 12 is the most ever scored by a man or woman in the Carrier Dome’s history.

Peterson has already cemented herself in the Syracuse Women’s Basketball history books with 1,890 points and 567 assists, both ranking second all-time, respectively. Among active players with over 1,800 points and 500 assists is the 2017 Pac-12 Player of the Year and NCAA Women’s Basketball all-time points leader, Kelsey Plum.

With the regular season behind them, the Orange heads to Conway, South Carolina for the 2017 ACC Tournament. Coach Q and the team will take on the winner of the first-round matchup between North Carolina and Pittsburgh on Thursday at 8 p.m.