January 12, 2009

Leedham Collects Second-Straight NE-10 Player of the Week Honor

Franklin Pierce All-American earns award for record 14th time over career

RINDGE, N.H. (January 12, 2009) - Franklin Pierce University All-American and Great Britain international Johannah Leedham (Ellesmere Port, England/Cheshire Academy (Conn.)), the 2007-2008 State Farm/WBCA Division II Player of the Year, was named the Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball Player of the Week for the second-straight week this afternoon.

Leedham, who earns the weekly honor for the second time this season (program record 14th career), posted three-straight 30-plus point outings to lead Franklin Pierce to a 3-0 week and back into second place in the Northeast-10 standings. She averaged 33.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.3 steals in 34 minutes per game over the three victories. Leedham made 61-percent (36-for-59) of her shots from the field, including 58.3% (14-of-24) from three-point range, while converting 14-of-15 (93.3%) free-throw attempts for the week. With her 100 points in three games last week, she moved into second place on Franklin Pierce's career scoring list with 1,644 points, passing Juanita Brown, who netted 1,618 points from 1995-99.

Leedham scored a season-high 37 points (just two shy of her career-best) to go with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals as Franklin Pierce posted a key 83-69 win over Pace University on Thursday. She opened the week by netting 30 points, aided by 6-for-9 shooting from three-point range, to go with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in Tuesday's 76-47 win at Saint Michael's College. She rounded out the week by making 14-of-17 shots from the field, including 3-for-5 from three-point range, and converting both free-throw attempts for 33 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocked shots in Saturday's 83-63 win over Southern Connecticut State University.

Leedham leads the Northeast-10 in scoring (23.7 ppg) and steals (3.1/gm), while ranking second in three-pointers per game (2.5), fourth in blocked shots (1.5/gm) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.847). She leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game and is second to older sister Jennifer Leedham (Ellesmere Port, England/Cheshire Academy (Conn.)) with 2.9 assists per game. Leedham has led the Ravens in scoring ten times this season and in rebounding on six occasions.

Leedham, who owns no less than 25 program records for Franklin Pierce, has reached double-figures in scoring in 70 of the 71 games she has played over her career so far. Of those 70 games, she has scored 20-plus points 49 times and netted 30-plus on 20 occasions. Leedham holds every steal record at the University, having set the career mark (251) earlier this season. 

Leedham, the first Northeast-10 women's basketball player ever named State Farm/WBCA Division II Player of the Year, also earned State Farm/WBCA All-America and Daktronics All-America honors last season, while also collecting All- Region, NE-10 and ECAC Player of the Year and All-NE-10 first team accolades last winter. Leedham is an ESPN The Magazine District I Academic All-America and NE-10 All-Academic first team selection, having earned a 3.35 cumulative grade point average at Franklin Pierce.

Leedham earned a spot on Great Britain's Women's Senior National Team this summer after starring at the youth international level. She averaged 11.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.9 assists in 24.3 minutes per game over Great Britain's eight European Championship qualifiers this summer. She shot 35.1-percent (26-for-74) from the field and converted 84.2% (32-38) of her free-throw attempts in her tournament for the full national team.

Franklin Pierce (10-4, 7-3 NE-10), among other teams receiving votes in last week's USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II poll, returns to action on Wednesday when it visits The College of Saint Rose at 5:30 p.m. The Ravens return home on Saturday to host the University of New Haven at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WEEI 93.5 FM Keene.

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