UM Sweeps ACC Coach and Player of the Year Awards

Hurricanes' Katie Meier and Shenise Johnson earn conference's highest yearly honors.

Coral Gables (March 03, 2011) — Miami junior guard Shenise Johnson and head coach Katie Meier were named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, as announced Thursday by Commissioner John Swofford.

Johnson, who was a first-team All-ACC selection a season ago and was represented on this year’s Preseason All-ACC Team, was named to the 2010-11 All-ACC First Team just two days ago. After her first season in 2008-09, the Henrietta, N.Y., native was named Honorable Mention All-ACC and to the ACC All-Freshman team.

The dynamic guard ended the regular season as the only player in the ACC to rank in the Top 10 in scoring (2nd, 19.6 ppg), rebounding (8th, 7.8 rpg) and assists (9th, 3.7 apg). Johnson, who had a league-high three 30-point performances and 11 20-point showings while being named the ACC Player of the Week on three occasions this season, was also named to the 2010-11 All-Defensive team.

She is one of three Miami players to average more than three steals per game and owns an impressive 86 percent free throw accuracy. In addition, Johnson has found time to lead her team in blocks, registering 26 in 29 games played.

Meier has led her Miami Hurricanes through the ultimate turnaround -- from finishing 12th in the league one season ago, despite making to the Women’s NIT Championship game, all the way to sharing the league’s regular season crown this season.

Meier has guided the ‘Canes to 26-3 overall record and a 12-2 ACC mark, tying with Duke as regular season champions. The regular season title is the first for the Miami program and the No. 2 seed in the 2011 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament is the team's highest seed in school history since joining the league in 2004-05.

Meier, who is in her sixth season at the helm of the Hurricanes, is just two victories away from earning her 100th win at UM and would become just the third coach in program history to reach the milestone.

The 34th Annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off at approximately 11 a.m. ET today, and will conclude with a 1 p.m. championship contest on Sunday, March 6. The title game, as well as the semifinals, will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net (FSN) in HD, while the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. games on Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4, will be televised on the league’s regional package (RSN). 

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Head coach Katie Meier is the ACC's Coach of the Year, while junior guard Shenise Johnson has been named the league's Player of the Year.

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