MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University junior Kim Johnson joined an elite crowd Monday afternoon.
After leading the Tiger women’s basketball team to a pair of wins last week, the Sioux Falls, S.D. native was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Week. This is the third weekly honor of the season for Johnson, who is one of just a handful of women’s basketball player in league history to win the honor three times. She joins Hastings’ Lindsay Ducey and Northwestern College standout Deb Remmerde, a four-time All-American and two-time NAIA Player-of-the-Year who won the award four times her senior season (2007-08).
Johnson – who was also honored on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 – is also the second basketball player in DWU history to earn three player-of-the-week honors in a season. Darrin Dorsey earned the honor three times during the 2009-10 season.
Johnson’s latest award comes after helping Dakota Wesleyan (16-6, 7-5) to a pair of wins, including its biggest win of the season. She averaged 15.5 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game as the Tigers – who are receiving votes in the NAIA – beat Dakota State 78-69 and upset No. 2 Concordia University 72-61 at the Corn Palace. The 5-foot-11 forward scored 18 points and had eight rebounds and six assists Sunday in DWU’s upset of Concordia. The win marked the first against a top-five team since the 2008-09 season.
Johnson is currently seventh in the NAIA in total scoring (411), ninth in field-goal percentage (.547) and 11th in points per game (18.6). She leads the GPAC in scoring by more than two points per game and is third in field-goal percentage. She has two 30-point games this season and has led the Tigers in scoring 15 times in 22 games played.
The Tigers are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 23, when they host GPAC and in-state rival Mount Marty College at 6 p.m. The Lancers are currently just ahead of DWU in the GPAC standings with an 8-5 conference mark. The Tigers are asking for a whiteout for Wednesday’s game, and want all fans to wear white to help support DWU.