Shenise Johnson Chosen for USBWA All-America Team

March 30, 2011


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – For the second time in as many days, University of Miami junior Shenise Johnson was recognized as an All-America performer, garnering United States Basketball Writers Association All-America honors less than 24 hours after the Hurricanes’ star guard was named to the Associated Press team.

With the honor, Johnson becomes the first player in program history to be recognized by the USBWA since it started naming an All-America Team in 1997.

“This is a great honor for Shenise,” said Meier. “This solidifies her as one of the Top 10 players in the country and I think it is great that the writers recognized her as such.”

The USBWA team consists of 10 players with no designation between first and second team. On Tuesday, it was announced by the Associated Press the Johnson was selected Third Team All-America.

The Rochester, N.Y. native was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year after leading the `Canes to a 12-2 conference record and a regular season championship. She also was named First Team All-ACC and to the ACC All-Defensive Team for the second consecutive season.

Johnson ended the season as the only player in the ACC to rank in the Top 10 in scoring (2nd, 19.6 ppg), rebounding (5th, 8.3 rpg) and assists (7th, 3.8 apg). The dynamic guard also was named the ACC Player of the Week on three occasions this season.

Miami advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 and with its 80-62 win over Gardner-Webb, earned its first tourney victory since 1993

USBWA All-America Team
Danielle Adams, Texas A&M
Brittney Griner, Baylor
Amber Harris, Xavier
Shenise Johnson, Miami
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
Maya Moore, Connecticut
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford
Jeanette Pohlen, Stanford
Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee
Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga

Player of the Year: Maya Moore, Connecticut 

Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor 

Freshman of the Year: Odyssey Sims, Baylor