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Williams and Johnson Named Wooden Award Finalists

Williams and Johnson Named Wooden Award Finalists

March 7, 2012



LOS ANGELES – The University of Miami’s Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams are among the nation’s Top 15 players that are included on the John R. Wooden National Ballot, as announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on Monday.

Both senior guards we named First Team All-ACC – the third straight time for Johnson and second for Williams – after leading the Canes to a 25-4 regular season record.

Johnson was a Wooden finalist last season, but it is the first appearance on the final ballot for the 5-6 Williams.

In her career, Johnson became just the third woman in Division I history to score 2,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds and dish out 500 assists.

Williams, known for her explosiveness, joined Johnson in reaching the 2,000-point plateau, scored over 30 points on two occasions this seaosn. She dropped a career-best 36 in a win over No. 11 Rutgers and later in the season, tied a career-high with eight three-pointers on her way to 34 points. Those performances were the top two scoring outings among any ACC player this season.

The ACC has four players on the ballot, followed by the Big 12, Big East, Pac-12, and SEC each with two. The CAA, Big 10, and Horizon League had one player chosen. Three schools have two players on the ballot in 2012: Baylor, Stanford and Miami.

The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala, will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012, and will honor winners, All Americans, and the Legends of Coaching honoree Geno Auriemma of Connecticut. The Women’s John R. Wooden Award winner will be announced at the Gala event.

2011-12 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Final Ballot

Name Class Position University
Elena Delle Donne Jr. F/C Delaware
Skylar Diggins Jr. G Notre Dame
Brittney Griner Jr. C Baylor
Tiffany Hayes Sr. G Connecticut
Shenise Johnson Sr. G Miami
A’dia Mathies Jr. G Kentucky
Chiney Ogwumike So. F Stanford
Nnemkadi Ogwumike Sr. F Stanford
Samantha Prahalis Sr. G Ohio State
Odyssey Sims So. G Baylor
Shekinna Stricklen Sr. G/F Tennessee
Alyssa Thomas So. F Maryland
Elizabeth Williams Fr. C Duke
Riquna Williams Sr. G Miami
Julie Wojta Sr. G/F Green Bay