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Feb. 14, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami junior guard Shenise Johnson and Virginia freshman guard Ataira Franklin earned Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week honors presented by Chevrolet for the period ending Feb. 13.
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 second for Johnson this season and fourth over her career, while Franklin earned the ACC Rookie of the Week nod for the first time in her career and first time this season for a Cavalier.
Johnson had one the best games of her career when she scored 30 points in the Hurricanes’ 83-75 win over 11th-ranked Maryland on Thursday. The junior from Henrietta, Ga., hit a career-high-tying four 3-point field goals and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line – including four from the charity stripe in the game’s final minute. The win pushed Miami’s home win-streak to 22 games, including an 18-0 record this season. At 10th-ranked North Carolina, the standout guard scored 16 points and helped the Canes reach back-to-back wins over ranked teams for the first time in program history.
Franklin averaged 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a 2-1 week for the Cavaliers, including challenges against two ranked opponents - 15th-ranked Florida State and 11th-ranked Maryland. The newcomer from Bowie, Md., started the week with 16 points against the visiting Seminoles on 6-of-9 shooting and followed that up with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double in Virginia’s quadruple-overtime win at NC State. Franklin also added three blocks in that contest. She then scored in double-digits for the fifth-consecutive game while keying the upset of Maryland on Sunday. Franklin netted 11 points and hauled down eight boards. For the week, the rookie shot 17-of-32 from the field, which proves better than 53 percent, drained 4-of-10 treys, and was 7-of-8 (88 percent) from the free throw line.
ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight as Virginia Tech travels to Clemson for a 7 p.m. contest that can be viewed on the league’s Regional Sports Network.