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Jan. 3, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami junior Shenise Johnson and Georgia Tech freshman Tyaunna Marshall earned Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week honors for the period ending Jan. 2.
The accolades are voted on by the league's "Blue Ribbon Panel," which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives. The panelists will also vote on the ACC’s postseason All-Conference teams for the 2010-11 season.
The weekly award marked the first for Johnson this season and third over her career, and is just the 11th time a Miami student-athlete has won the ACC Player of the Week accolade since the Canes’ joined the league in 2004. Marshall earned her fourth ACC Rookie of the Week honor this season. The record for most newcomer weekly nods in a single season is held by Wake Forest’s Tracy Connor, who received the honor on nine occasions during the 1992-93 season.
Johnson may have had the best week of her three-year collegiate career last week. In back-to-back wins over Morgan State and Lipscomb, the guard from Henrietta, N.Y., matched a career-best with 11 made field goals – scoring 22 and 25 points, respectively. She also grabbed 10 boards apiece in those games, recording her fifth and sixth double-doubles of the season – the most among ACC guards. Johnson was also named the Miami Holiday Classic MVP after convincing wins over George Washington and Morgan State. In all, Johnson sported a 1.0 assist/turnover ratio, grabbed 26 rebounds, had her hand in 14 steals and five blocks, shot 60 percent from the field and scored an average of 22 points per game.
Marshall led Georgia Tech to a 3-0 week, extending the Jackets’ win-streak to nine games. For the week, the guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., led her team in scoring with 22.0 points per game. The rookie shot 73.8 percent from the field and tallied more points (66) than minutes played (60). She was second on the team with 2.3 steals per game, and averaged 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Marshall shot no worse than 68.8 percent from the field in a game and scored game-highs in each contest. The young standout finished the week riding a 1.5 assist/turnover ratio.
Against Mercer, Marshall set a new career-high with 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting in only 19 minutes, while her seven rebounds were second-most in the game. Against Tennessee State, Marshall went 8-for-10 from the floor to finish with 16 points in only 18 minutes of play. Finally, she tied her career-high with 25 points in 23 minutes against Jacksonville State, going 11-for-16 from the floor.
ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight as five league teams host nonconference opponents.