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Canes sweep: Katie Meier, Shenise Johnson take home ACC Coach, Player of the Year Awards

CORAL GABLES -- The University of Miami women's basketball team enjoyed a glorious turnaround from worst to first in the ACC this season. And that turnaround just got a little sweeter.

Shenise Johnson As many expected, UM junior guard Shenise Johnson and Canes coach Katie Meier were named the ACC's Women's Basketball Player and Coach of the Year Thursday morning.

Johnson, a two-time All-ACC First Team selection, was the only player in the ACC to rank in the Top 10 in scoring (second, 19.6 ppg), rebounding (eighth, 7.8 rpg) and assists (ninth, 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 UM 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.

After leading her team an appearance to last year's NIT championship game, Meier guided the Canes to a 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 UM, 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.

Katie Meier "Obviously I'm thrilled with the progress that we made this year," Meier said Tuesday. "The regular season was so much fun. I just love the ACC coaches and the games and the arenas and the crowds. It' been kind of a magical little run for us."

UM opens the ACC Tournament on Friday at 6 p.m. against the winner Thursday's first round game between Boston College and N.C. State. 

"I really want to see us play free, confidently, passionately like we've been playing all year," Meier said. "It's been a unique chemistry, a unique energy about the team. That's a very hard thing to bottle up. It's a hard thing to make sure you know is there. That's where I'll be challenging them. I'll be pretty energetic and passionate in practice this week before we get up there making sure that it's consistent, it's there."

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Great job for our "U" women's BB team; now if we can get the men's Basketball and football programs on par - it would be Outstanding.

the new Ad needs to give Kate a pay raise and an extension.

On the other hand, Morris and Haith need to be put on the chopping block. Haith is so gd inconsistent (and so are his teams). If they beat GT and win at least 1 game in the ACC ch (do they play in the ACC), they have an outside shot at making t he NCAA otherwise they play in the NIT again.

Morris on the other hand, has had his team lose games to Rutgers, App state and USf for g--ds sakes. Don't be surprised if they get blown away at Gainseville 3-0 this weekend. If they can somehow manage 2/3 at that trash heap, I will have some hope for resurrecting the season, b/c those turds are real good in basebell this yr.

Let Katie coach the mens team also.

Posted by: Zoloft | March 03, 2011 at 11:59 AM

On full tilt huh soldy. Getting the ban hammer will do that to you.

Baseball team has been going downhill the last couple of years, maybe its time for new blood. If Miami gets swept this weekend,start the search.

Why don't we wait until Morris gets out of the hospital before you guys throw him under the bus. Again.

This is quite an honor in the ACC. I remember living in CT when UM palyed at Storrs. UM was neither well coached nor well behaived. They've come a long way baby!

Congratulations Katie from a fellow Wheaton (IL) Central High School alum!

Wait a minute... am I reading this right? People calling for Jim Morris' firing? What the....!?!? I was going to write a long retort with all of his accomplishments (not to mention the fact that he just had freakin' surgery) but it would be a waste of everyone's time to spend any more conversation on that topic. Morris isn't going anyway, nor should he!

This should be a board to celebrate Johnson and Meier right now anyway.

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