Johnson named All-WAC Freshman (Basketball)
Alaska’s Jenna Johnson was rewarded for a solid rookie season at Utah State University yesterday when she was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference Freshman Team for women’s basketball.
Johnson, of Wasilla High fame, played in 19 of her team’s 30 games last season and ranked second in free-throw percentage (.833).
The 5-foot-10 guard was one of three players from Utah State to be honored. To be eligible you must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.0 GPA and played in at least half of the games.
Johnson, the 2009 Alaska Player of the Year, scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on the season in averaging 5.6 minutes per game.
She was rumored to be leaving Utah State for UAA, but that notion was squashed by her high school coach who told me Johnson was staying in the WAC.
Johnson is one of eight Alaskans playing NCAA Division I basketball.
The others are Sylvia Bullock (Miami), Anna Simmers (Army), Talisa Rhea (Seattle), Anthony Cousin (Illinois State), Will Egolf (Bradley), Damen Bell-Holter (Oral Roberts) and Kevin Winford (Eastern Washington).