ND Women’s Basketball
Jessica Shepard to join Irish ranks
Observer Sports Staff | Sunday, June 11, 2017
The Irish will gain a two-time All Big-10 selection in Jessica Shepard, as the junior forward from Nebraska announced her decision June 1.
The 2016 Big-10 Freshman of the Year nearly averaged a double-double her sophomore year, with 18 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
Shepard led the Cornhuskers in field goals and rebounds both of the past two seasons and scored 28 3-pointers in the 2016-2017 season, after failing to score any in the previous season. She was named to the Naismith Award Midseason Top-30 Watch List this season, alongside the likes of former Irish guard Lindsay Allen, junior guard Arike Ogunbowale and senior forward Brianna Turner.
“Jessica Shepard has a unique skill set and will fit in perfectly with the Princeton offense,” Irish head coach Muffet McGraw said in a press release. “She’s a great offensive threat who can face up, stretch the defense with her perimeter game and can dominate on the block. Jess brings a wealth of experience to our program and we’re excited to have her here in South Bend.”
Shepard will sit out the 2017-2018 season, per NCAA regulations, and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. She will be joined on the roster in the fall by incoming freshmen Mikayla Vaughn and Danielle Patterson and graduate student transfer Lili Thompson.