Johnson nets 28 in double-OT win [Basketball]

February 14, 2013
Jenna Johnson

Frustrated with her free throw shooting the day before leaving for a key two-game road trip, Jenna Johnson of Wasilla stayed late at practice to perfect her stroke.

Good move.

Tonight she sank 14–of-15 foul shots en route to scoring a career-high 28 points in a wild 92-89 victory over Denver in double overtime.

“I think high school is the last time I scored that many points and shot that many free throws,” she told me. “I do have a ritual but I try not to think about the pressure of the free throw when I shoot them. I just step up and do my thing.”

The former Alaska player of the year out of Wasilla High made 7-of-13 shots from the floor. She also collected seven rebounds and played 48 minutes.

“My teammates were finding me inside,” Johnson said. “I’m getting a feel again of being a scorer but game-to-game I will do what my team needs to get the win.”

Utah State has now won eight straight games, but this one was special.

The Aggies forced OT when Elise Nelson scored with just two seconds left in regulation and won it in double OT when Devyn Christensen made a 3-pointer with only two seconds to go.

Utah State leads the WAC at 11-2, thanks to this current run, which has saved Johnson’s senior season.

“We have done unbelievable things this season,” she said.