‘I’m the luckiest girl in the world’ [Basketball]

February 1, 2013
Jenna Johnson

Best. Year. Ever.

That’s basically how Utah State senior Jenna Johnson of Wasilla feels about the basketball season.

The star guard continued her MVP-type season in an 81-50 blowout of Idaho with a 19-point, 10-rebound, 5-assist, 4-steal performance. It was her eighth double-double in 21 games.

“I couldn’t imagine this year going any better,” Johnson told me.

The former Alaska player of the year is among the top-rated players in the Western Athletic Conference, leading Utah State to a first-place tie with Seattle U. at 8-2.

She ranks in the top 10 in the conference in points [seventh, 14.3], rebounds [ninth, 7.6], FG% [eighth, .434], FT% [fourth, .832], steals [second, 3.5] and minutes [fifth, 34.7].

“I am working every day as hard as my body will let me,” Johnson said. “I feel like the luckiest girl in the world having the coaching staff and teammates that I do. They make me a better person and player. I cannot take all the credit for my stats.”

Even better, her individual success has helped her team soar in the WAC.

“It has been such a blessing having the opportunity to be a student-athlete at this level,” she said. “I have had the opportunity to play basketball, what I love, for my whole life. As a senior, this is my last chance to really enjoy the game and later in life not regret anything.”