May 12, 2011 — Coral Gables — Senior guard Shenise Johnson, senior guard Riquna Williams, and junior center Shawnice Wilson of the University of Miami women’s basketball team are among 35 of the nation’s top collegiate players who have accepted invitations to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Trials, which will take place May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee.
“I am very excited to see these three young women have an opportunity to represent their country after accepting invitations to the Team USA Trials,” said UM head coach Katie Meier. “To be named among the top 35 collegiate players in the country is a tremendous honor for each, and to have three from a single program speaks volumes on where the Miami basketball program is today.”
Johnson and Williams were each named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference, while Johnson was also named to the All-ACC Defensive and Tournament Teams. Williams led the conference with 21.7 points per game and was named the conference player of the week on four separate occasions.
Johnson went on to be named to four different All-America teams, including the prestigious State Farm/WBCA All-America Team. In 2009 Johnson, Lasondra Barrett, Kelsey Bone, Skylar Diggins, and Nneka Ogwumike traveled to Thailand to help the USA capture the gold medal in the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Wilson, who has yet to play for the ’Canes after sitting out the 2010-11 season due to NCAA transfer rules, played her freshman and sophomore campaigns at Pittsburgh. While with the Panthers, Wilson, a 6-6 center, averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and recorded an impressive 83 blocks in 57 career starts. She was also named to the Big East All-Freshman Team and was a finalist for the USA Basketball U19 squad.
The Hurricanes won the ACC regular-season championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004, finishing the 2010-11 season with a 28-5 overall record. The team currently has a program-best 24-game home win-streak inside the BankUnited Center and was ranked as high as No. 10 in the Associated Press and ESPN/Coaches Polls this past year.
Miami is also one of only three teams to have three student-athletes invited to the trials, joining Texas A&M and Notre Dame—the two teams that met in the 2011 NCAA Championship Game.
Following the selection of the team and/or finalists on May 25, the athletes will return home. Training will resume at the USOTC July 31 through August 8, prior to the team’s departure for Shenzhen, China, and the 2011 World University Games.
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