October 17, 2011 — Coral Gables — University of Miami women’s basketball players Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams have been named to the Women’s Preseason Nominee List for the 2011 John R. Wooden Award, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Wooden Award is considered the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.
Last season Johnson and Williams led the Hurricanes to a No. 3 seed and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Johnson, a senior, is coming off a season in which she brought home a variety of awards. She was named ACC Player of the Year, State Farm All-America, First-Team All-ACC, and a member of the All-ACC Defensive Team. She averaged 19.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 steals per game last season.
Williams was also named First Team All-ACC, as she eclipsed 1,000 career points last season. Her 21.7 points per game average led the ACC and was 11th in the nation. She also averaged 2.8 steals and 2.3 three-pointers per game last season.
The Wooden Award Preseason Nominee list is based on players’ individual performance and team records from the previous season. The players on the list and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December’s midseason list. The official voting ballot will be released in March. The national ballot will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.
The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced during the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 36th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the men’s and women’s Wooden Award winners, a presentation of the Wooden Award All-American teams, and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 9-11.
In August, Johnson and Williams were named to the 2011-2012 preseason “Wade Watch” list for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year.
The Hurricanes open their season November 11 against Texas-Pan American.
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