Johnson, Utah State make history (Basketball)

February 25, 2011
Jenna Johnson

Alaska’s Jenna Johnson and the red-hot Utah State University women’s basketball team are approaching unchartered territory.

The Aggies – winners of eight of their last nine games – are one win shy of breaking the school record for most victories in the Western Athletic Conference following last night’s 72-61 victory over New Mexico State in Logan, Utah.

“Words cannot describe how great it feels to be a part of this program,” Johnson told me by text message. “I’m down here living the dream of a college athlete, helping a program build its name one game at a time.”

At 9-4, the Aggies have matched the school record for conference wins with three WAC games left in the regular season.

It was only last month that Utah State stumbled during a 3-6 stretch, its season slipping away.

But those days are long gone.

“The key to our success is our bond with one another. We are a family here at Utah State and have the drive and will to succeed,” she said. “We have nothing to lose every time we step on the court. We were underdogs at the beginning of the season and with the determination and will of my whole team and coaching staff, you can produce great things.”

Last night Johnson, of Wasilla High fame, played her usual steady, all-around game.

The 5-foot-10 starting guard played 26 minutes and delivered 5 rebounds, 4 points, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot.

Utah State hosts Louisiana State tomorrow.

“This is not the end of Utah State’s success,” Johnson said. “There are many games left to this season and years to come.”