Brown earns spot on Virginia Tech women’s basketball roster

Sherando's Heidi Brown drives to the basket during a game against Dominion last season. Brown has officially made the Virginia Tech women's basketball roster. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Sherando 2015 graduate Heidi Brown officially made the Virginia Tech women’s basketball roster on Monday.

Brown was originally offered a preferred walk-on spot during the spring, but that did not guarantee her a spot on the team.

She went to Virginia Tech during the summer, and impressed the coaches enough during team workouts to earn a spot on the roster.

“It’s awesome,” Sherando coach Mike Marsh said. “It’s pretty exciting. It’s great for her. It’s great for her family.”

Brown finished her career at Sherando as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer (1,154 points). She finished third all-time in career field-goal percentage (46 percent).

Last year she led the area, averaging 18.3 points per game. She was also second in field goal percentage at 41.9 percent (153 for 365) and was second in 3-point percentage at 29.9 (40 for 134).

Brown’s 40 3-pointers is third all-time in school history for a season, and her 97 career 3-pointers is second all-time. She is also the school’s all-time leader in blocks with 213.

Marsh said that he saw the 6-foot Brown over the summer and was impressed with how well she was shooting 3-pointers. He said her 3-point shooting could give the Hokies something they’ve been lacking.

“She is really shooting it well right now,” Marsh said. “I think she can fill a need that they have right now. With her size, as a wing, she could be hard for teams to guard out there.”

The Hokies shot only 27.7 percent from 3-point range last season (180 for 650). Junior Vanessa Panousis went 77 for 272 (28.3 percent) led the team last year in 3-pointers.

Virginia Tech finished 12-20 last year, including 1-15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, the Hokies pulled off back-to-back upsets in the ACC Tournament over N.C. State and Pittsburgh, before falling to No. 2 seed Florida State.

Brown will be one of five freshman on the team. The Hokies have three seniors with four juniors and two sophomores.

Virginia Tech Dennis Wolff is entering his fifth season as head coach with a 43-79 record.

Marsh said it will be an adjustment for Brown competing in the very tough ACC against teams such as Notre Dame, Duke, and Florida State, but he said he thinks that will make Brown an even better player.

Marsh said that any player who is a walk-on usually gets a scholarship eventually, and he is hoping the same will hold true with Brown.

He said he’s very excited to see where Brown’s game will go from here.

“I know it’s really a dream come true for her to do something that not many kids get the chance to experience,” Marsh said. “It’s a great opportunity for her, and I’m excited for her.”

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