Johnson wins game in final seconds [Basketball]

January 26, 2013
Jenna Johnson

What started as a disaster has turned into a season of destiny for Utah State.

Yet none of it would be possible without Wasilla’s Jenna Johnson.

The senior guard kept her dream season going tonight in Rustin, La., where her layup off an in-bounds play with just five seconds left in overtime supplied Utah State with a 76-75 victory over Louisiana Tech.

“It doesn’t come down to just the last play,” Johnson told me. “As a team we fought for 45 minutes and each possession counted. I was just lucky enough to hit the last one when it’s under the spotlight. I give all the credit to me team.”

The former Alaska player of the year finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists.

After starting 3-8, Utah State has pulled itself together to compete for a WAC championship. The Aggies stayed within a game of league leader Seattle U., thanks to Johnson’s game-winner.

“A game like this gives us a lot of confidence on our defense,” Johnson said. “We dug deep and got defensive stops when we needed.”