Johnson verbally commits to UNI
Estherville Lincoln Central junior Alyssa Johnson has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Northern Iowa. She accepted Coach Tanya Warren’s scholarship offer to join the Panthers squad in the fall of 2012.
Johnson, a three-year starter, was recruited by a number of Midwest schools but chose UNI because of the focus on academics, and the challenge Division I basketball presents.
“This is the highest level and I want to challenge myself as a person and a basketball player,” Johnson said. “UNI is a great school academically with a first-class women’s basketball program. It will be great to compete against the best competition in the country.”
Johnson earned First Team Lakes Conference and First Team All-State honors as a junior averaging 13 points per game. During the past season, the 6-2 post player helped the Midgettes to a 23-5 record and a second place finish in the 2A girls’ state championship.
“Along with her abilities on the court, Alyssa is a great student here at ELC. She will fit well into the student athlete expectations at UNI,” said ELC High School Coach Brad Leonard. “Northern Iowa is getting a great basketball player; our school district and community are proud of her as a student-athlete and look forward to following her career at UNI.”
UNI earned the 13th seed in the Women’s NCAA Tournament after winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular season (17-1) and tournament titles. The Panthers posted a 27-6 record and lost 69-66 to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.