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Miami's Johnson and Williams Named WBCA All-America Finalists

March 23, 2011

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ATLANTA  – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with State Farm®, today announced that Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams were among the finalists for the 2011 NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team.

The 40 finalists, who are voted upon by WBCA-member coaches in each of the eight WBCA geographical regions, are now in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team.

Johnson, the ACC Player of the Year, ended the regular season as the only player in the ACC to rank in the Top 10 in scoring (2nd, 19.6 ppg), rebounding (8th, 7.8 rpg) and assists (9th, 3.7 apg). The dynamic guard also was named the ACC Player of the Week on three occasions this season.

Williams was the ACC’s leading scorer at 21.7 points per game. In conference play, her scoring average increased to 24.0 points per game. Known as one of the most explosive guards in the country, Williams was named the ACC Player of the Week four times this season. Her six career weekly nods are the most of all current ACC players.

The backcourt duo each earned First-Team All-ACC accolades, becoming the first Miami pair to garner first team all-conference honors since Frances Savage and Vicki Plowden accomplished the feat in the BIG EAST following the 1991-92 season.

The guards led the `Canes to a 28-5 record and their first Top 10 AP ranking since the 1991-92 season – the 28 wins rank as the second-most in the program’s 39-year history. Miami earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and with its 80-62 win over Gardner-Webb on March 20, earned its first tourney victory since 1993.

The 2011 NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team will be announced at 9 a.m. EDT Saturday, April 2, in Indianapolis during the WBCA National Convention, which is being held in conjunction with the 2011 NCAA® Women’s Final Four®. 

The finalists are:

Name

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height

Danielle Adams

Texas A&M University

Sr.

F-C

6-1

Kachine Alexander

University of Iowa

Sr.

G

5-9

LaSondra Barrett

Louisiana State University

Jr.

F

6-2

Kelsey Bolte

Iowa State University

Sr.

G

6-1

Cierra Bravard

Florida State University

Jr.

F

6-4

Skylar Diggins

University of Notre Dame

So.

G

5-9

Victoria Dunlap

University of Kentucky

Sr.

F

6-2

Dawn Evans

James Madison University

Sr.

G

5-7

Brittney Griner

Baylor University

So.

C

6-8

Keisha Hampton

DePaul University

Jr.

F

6-2

Amber Harris

Xavier University

RS-Sr.

F

6-5

Tiffany Hayes

University of Connecticut

Jr.

G

5-10

Celeste Hoewisch

University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Sr.

G

5-7

Adrienne Johnson

Louisiana Tech University

Sr.

F

6-1

Glory Johnson

University of Tennessee

Jr.

F

6-3

Shenise Johnson

University of Miami

Jr.

G

5-11

Kalisha Keane

Michigan State University

Sr.

F

6-1

Jantel Lavender

Ohio State University

Sr.

C

6-4

Alex Montgomery

Georgia Institute of Technology

Sr.

G-F

6-1

Maya Moore

University of Connecticut

Sr.

F

6-0

Natalie Novosel

University of Notre Dame

Jr.

G

5-11

Nneka Ogwumike

Stanford University

Jr.

C

6-2

Kayla Pedersen

Stanford University

Sr.

F

6-4

Devereaux Peters

University of Notre Dame

Sr.

F

6-2

Porsha Phillips

University of Georgia

Sr.

F

6-2

Ta’Shia Phillips

Xavier University

Sr.

C

6-6

Jeanette Pohlen

Stanford University

Sr.

G

6-0

Lauren Prochaska

Bowling Green State University

Sr.

G

5-11

Samantha Quigley

DePaul University

Sr.

G

5-5

Elizabeth Repella

West Virginia University

Sr.

G

5-11

Angel Robinson

Marquette University

Sr.

G

5-8

Danielle Robinson

University of Oklahoma

Sr.

G

5-9

Sugar Rodgers

Georgetown University

So.

G

5-11

Odyssey Sims

Baylor University

Fr.

G

5-9

Shekinna Stricklen

University of Tennessee

Jr.

F

6-2

Carolyn Swords

Boston College

Sr.

C

6-6

Jasmine Thomas

Duke University

Sr.

G

5-9

Courtney Vandersloot

Gonzaga University

Sr.

G

5-8

Tyra White

Texas A&M University

Jr.

G

6-0

Riquna Williams

University of Miami

Jr.

G

5-6