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Point Park's Johnson, McPhatter earn All-KIAC honors, individual awards

March 2, 2015 at 11:15 p.m. ET

Kelly Johnson is the KIAC Newcomer of the Year and an All-KIAC selection.


PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University women's basketball had each of its top two players this year figure prominently in the All-KIAC awards and individual honors that were announced Monday by the conference office.

Sophomore point guard Kelly Johnson was named KIAC Newcomer of the Year, and junior guard/forward Ja'Nia McPhatter was named KIAC Comeback Player of the Year. Johnson from Pittsburgh, Pa., and Mt. Lebanon HS and McPhatter, from New Castle, Pa., and New Castle HS, were both named to the 10-member All-KIAC team as well.

Johnson's KIAC Newcomer of the Year award comes after her strong season in her first year at Point Park following a transfer from Clarion. Her strong, overall year included 17.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.4 apg, 3.6 spg and a school-record 109 steals. She shot 45 percent from the field and racked up 132 assists.

Johnson's record 109 steals beat the 20-year-old previous team record for most steals in a single season of 106 set by Alysia Mondell in 1994-95. She is fifth in the nation and second in the KIAC with 3.6 steals per game.

Johnson asserted herself as one of the top players in the KIAC ranking seventh in the conference in scoring, third in assists, second in steals and fifth in field-goal percentage. Earlier this year, she gained national attention by being named the NAIA national player of the week on Feb. 10.

McPhatter was recognized as the KIAC Comeback Player of the Year after coming back strong from an injury that made her miss the entire 2013-14 season. McPhatter made a return this year to average 10.8 ppg and 5.0 rpg and shoot 45 percent from the floor and a career-best 35 percent from 3-point range.

The All-KIAC selection is the second one of McPhatter's career. She was an All-KIAC pick in 2012-13 when she averaged team-highs of 15.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg to lead the Pioneers to their first KIAC title.

Unfortunately for McPhatter, the injury bug has hit her once again. She was injured three minutes into the final regular season game Feb. 21 versus IU East and missed the Pioneers' two playoff games as Point Park bowed out in the KIAC Tournament semifinals.

Johnson and McPhatter led Point Park to a record of 25-5 overall and 11-3 KIAC. The Pioneers were second place in the KIAC North Division and reached the KIAC Tournament semifinals, where they lost to Asbury (Ky.).

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