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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Miami senior guard Shenise Johnson and Duke freshman center Elizabeth Williams earned 2011-12 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 27.
Johnson, the Canes’ All-American guard, scored a game-high 18 points in a 72-55 victory over Anchorage in the Great Alaska Shootout’s first round, earning Player of the Game honors. In the Shootout final against USF, Johnson nearly recorded a triple-double with 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. For her performance in the two games, Johnson was named the Shootout’s Most Outstanding Player. Against Longwood to wrap up the week, the Henrietta, Ga., native amassed game-highs in points (22), rebounds (6), assists (8) and steals (7).
Williams averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals at the Junkanoo Jam Tournament in the Bahamas. The rookie from Virginia Beach, Va., helped lead Duke to a 97-31 victory over Gardner- Webb and then a 56-54 loss to fourth-ranked Notre Dame. In the contest against the Fighting Irish, Williams had a team-high 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots in 34 minutes. Williams’ double-double was only the second of her career. Her seven blocks was a career-high and is the second-most by a Duke freshman in school history. Williams had 13 points, five rebounds, three steals, one block and one assist in only 21 minutes versus Gardner-Webb. In addition, she hit 11-of-19 field goals on the week.
ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight as the Clemson women’s basketball team travels to Greenville, SC, to take on the Furman Paladins at 7:00 p.m. Following Monday night, ACC teams will compete in the Fifth Annual Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge. The two-day Challenge is slated to open on Wednesday, Nov. 30, as Georgia Tech and Maryland host Big Ten foes, and Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech travel to perform in front of nonconference crowds. The ACC has won all four previous Challenge titles.
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