Johnson nets career high 16 points (Basketball)

March 11, 2011
Jenna Johnson

Wasilla’s Jenna Johnson did everything she could to extend Utah State University’s season.

The sophomore starting guard pumped in a career-high 16 points tonight in an 86-76 loss to Fresno State in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas.

Utah State ended the season with a 17-14 record, making the final four of the WAC tournament for just the second time ever.

Johnson, a former Alaska player of the year, made 7 of 14 shots. She also had 4 rebounds and 4 steals.

Twice in the opening 10 minutes of the game she stole the ball and drove in for the score, fueling an early 15-8 surge that helped Utah State build a 17-point lead.

But Fresno State came roaring back behind a tournament record 14 3-pointers.

Johnson started all 31 games this season, averaging 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 25 minutes.