Johnson earns All-ACC second-team, All-Freshman honors

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Virginia first-year guard Kymora Johnson has been named an All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman selection following a vote by the league’s head coaches and Blue Ribbon Panel, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Johnson is the first UVA player to earn All-ACC team honors as a freshman since Brandi Teamer did so in 2002. This season, Johnson was twice named ACC Rookie of the Week, the second most among by any freshman in the league.

She currently leads the Cavaliers in scoring, both overall and in conference play. In league matchups, Johnson is averaging 17.7 points per game, which is currently tied for ninth in the ACC.

Johnson has led Virginia in scoring in 12 games this season, 10 of which were in against conference foes. Among the Cavaliers’ four wins over ranked opponents, Johnson led UVA in scoring in three of them, all of which were 20-point games.

Among her eight 20-point performances, her career high of 35 points in the Cavaliers’ triumph at then-No. 15 Florida State – UVA’s first ranked win – is good for fourth most by an individual in all league matchups this season.

Following her performance at FSU, Johnson earned her first ACC weekly honor and was named the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Tamika Catchings national freshman of the week.

Johnson is currently third in assists per game (5.4) against ACC foes and one of just two freshmen in the league averaging at least 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Johnson also ranks second in assists per game among all freshmen nationally.

With 157 total assists in 29 regular-season appearances, Johnson is just three assists away from shattering the program’s freshman assist record set by Sharneé Zoll in 2005.

Johnson registered her first career double-double with 15 points and a season-high 10 assists – also the most by a Cavalier in a game this season – against then-No. 19 Syracuse.