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Shenise Johnson Tabbed ACC Rookie of the Week For Third Time

Feb. 23, 2009

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami freshman guard Shenise Johnson has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week after she nearly led the Hurricanes to upset wins over two ranked teams.

Johnson tallied one of the most impressive individual performances in Miami history as the newcomer from Henrietta, N.Y., fell just one rebound shy of a triple-double against No. 23 Virginia.  Johnson scored 25 points, the most by any Hurricane player this season, tallied a career-high 10 assists and grabbed nine rebounds in Charlottesville on Feb. 19.

Against the ACC’s top team, Florida State, Johnson did not have her shooting touch, but she ripped down a game-high 10 rebounds and dealt out five assists in the one-point loss for the `Canes.

The 2008 McDonald’s High School All-American currently leads all ACC freshmen in points (13.3), free-throw percentage (.848) and steals (2.7).  She is second in rebounds (6.8) and assists (4.0).

The honor marks the third weekly accolade for Johnson, who also received the honor on Dec. 1 and Jan. 5.  She is the first multi-winning rookie if the week since Tamara James in the 2002-03 season.  That season James won the award a total of five times in the Big East.