Johnson named GPAC player-of-the-week

Kim Johnson

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team has played eight games so far this season. Kim Johnson has led the team in scoring in seven of those eight games.

Johnson, who averages just under 20 points per game, scored 22, 20 and 18 points in three games last week – all team highs – to lead the team to two wins and a 6-2 overall record. She averaged 20 points and 5.7 rebounds per game on the week.

For her big week, Johnson – a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D. – has been named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player-of-the-Week, it was announced late Tuesday. This is the first weekly GPAC honor for the 5-foot-11 forward who graduated from Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School.

Johnson started the week with a 22-point performance in the Tigers’ 89-38 win over Presentation College. She followed that with 20 points and eight rebounds in a 79-55 win against the University of Great Falls – an NAIA Division I school from Montana – and scored 18 points in the Tigers’ 73-69 loss to South Dakota Tech Saturday in Rapid City, S.D. She went 20-for-35 from the field and 18-for-21 from the line in three games.

This season, Johnson leads the GPAC in scoring at 19.9 points per game. She also averages 4.9 rebounds and has 12 assists, nine steals and four blocked shots. She is third in the league in field-goal percentage (.562), and is also shooting .474 from long range and .696 from the free-throw line. Johnson is ninth in the NAIA in total scoring (159) and scoring per game.

Johnson and the Tigers are back in action tonight. Dakota Wesleyan tries to stay undefeated at home when it hosts Dordt College at 6 p.m. at the Corn Palace. This is the Tigers’ first home GPAC game of the year.