Johnson finalist for top point guard award

LSU point guard Temeka Johnson has been named one of 12 finalists for the annual Nancy Lieberman award, which goes to the nation's top point guard in women's Division I college basketball.

Johnson, a 5-3 junior from New Orleans, is averaging 8.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 rebounds per game this season. She is coming off one of her best games of the year, scoring 18 points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out seven assists and collecting seven steals in 50 minutes in the trilling triple overtime win over UC-Santa Barbara.

Johnson ranks 26th in the nation in assists per game and is third in the Southeastern Conference, while leading the SEC in assists to turnover ratio. Her 140 assists this season also ranks her fourth among LSU juniors in school history.

The other 11 finalists include Coretta Brown (North Carolina), Erin Grant (Texas Tech), Michelle Greco (UCLA), Kara Lawson (Tennessee), Ashley McElhiney (Vanderbilt), Sara Nord (Louisville), Yolanda Paige (West Virginia), Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers), Diana Taurasi (UConn), Amy Waugh (Xavier) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota).

The award is presented by the Rotary Club of Detroit and honors the top point guard who displays floor leadership and play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. The winner will be presented on April 9 in Detroit.

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