Point Park's Kelly Johnson named NAIA DII WBB National Player of the WeekFeb. 11, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
Photo by Chris Squier.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University point guard Kelly Johnson's basketball career has earned her recognition across the state of Pennsylvania, the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and now across the nation.
Johnson, a product of Mt. Lebanon High School, was named on Tuesday (Feb. 10) as the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Player of the Week for her outstanding play in two games from Feb. 2-8, 2015.
The 5-8 point guard put up impressive averages of 32.0 points, 8.0 assists, 6.5 steals and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 63 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range in two victories for the Pioneers (21-4, 8-3 KIAC).
Both of Johnson's games last week included 30-point outputs. The first instance was at Carlow Feb. 3, a 31-point, 6-assist, 6-steal showing. She also knocked down a perfect 4 for 4 from 3-point range.
Johnson followed that up by nearly pulling off a quadruple-double in a big, 103-79 win at IU East Feb. 8. That game included 33 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and seven steals. Johnson's 17 points in the second half led an amazing charge that saw the Pioneers outscore IU East, 63-31, the final 20 minutes to erase an eight-point road deficit at the break.
Johnson is averaging over 20.0 ppg in her last 10 games to up her season scoring average to 17.2 ppg. That goes along with 4.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game. Her 93 steals in 25 games put her fourth in the nation in steals per game and fifth in the nation in total steals.
Johnson has started all 25 games for the Pioneers this year, her first year at Point Park since transferring from NCAA Division II Clarion. She has twice earned KIAC Player of the Week honors, and her high school career at Mt. Lebanon had her as a two-time all-state selection and a three-time state champion as a four-year starter.
Johnson and the Pioneers return to action on Saturday at IU Kokomo (5 p.m.). Follow the Pioneers on Twitter @PointParkSports