Johnson, Williams Named AP All-Americans

Senior guards led UM to a second straight appearance in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

Coral Gables (April 02, 2012) — Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams, who led the University of Miami women’s basketball team to a 2012 NCAA Tournament appearance, have been named to the Associated Press All-America Team. Johnson earned second-team honors, while Williams was named to the third team.

This marks the second consecutive season that the two senior guards earned AP All-America honors. Last year, Johnson was on the third team, and Williams was an honorable mention selection.

Williams, Johnson, and Frances Savage (1991) are the only three Hurricane women’s basketball players to earn AP All-America recognition.

During the season, Johnson became the second woman in the history of Division I basketball to score at least 2,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds, dish out 500 assists, and record 400 steals in a career. Nancy Lieberman, who played at of Old Dominion from 1976 to 1980, was the first.

“I am really excited to be recognized along with this fine group of young ladies,” said Johnson, who also has been named a Basketball Writers Association All-American for this year. “This is a team sport, and I consider this honor a reflection of all the hard work that my teammates, coaches, and I have put into being the best team we could possibly be.”

Johnson was second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring this season, averaging 17 points per game. Williams was third, with a scoring average of 16.6 points per contest.

This season Miami earned its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed, defeating Idaho State in the first round before falling to Gonzaga in the Round of 32.


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