New coach calls Johnson ‘Enforcer’ [Basketball]

April 30, 2012
Jenna Johnson

Utah State University hired a new women’s basketball coach in Jerry Finkbeiner and it didn’t take long for him to recognize the player that provides the team with hustle and muscle.

It’s Wasilla’s Jenna Johnson.

“He called me the Enforcer,” she told the Herald Journal newspaper.

Johnson, a former Alaska player of the year, is the only Utah State player to rank in the top 5 on the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots.

She’s tough, talented and impressed with her new bench boss.

“He watched film on us, he knew us, he knew how we played, and I think that was the key factor of this coach is going to be ours. We need him,” Johnson said.

Utah State was 21-10 last year, losing in the women’s NIT.

Under Finkbeiner, the expectation is to play in the NCAA Tournament.

“This is a great opportunity for Utah State in general,” Johnson said. “Our program, this is just going to be a leap for us.”