Johnson deserves national recognition
The one feat that will be overshadowed because of the stakes Thusday night’s game against Ohio State held is the fact junior forward Lykendra Johnson put herself on the map.
Everyone knew she was an excellent player, but after her monster performance against Jantel Lavender, a 2010 First Team All-American, she is deserving of some national recognition.
I’m not saying Johnson should be penciled in as an All-American herself, but the game she had tonight should have turned some heads.
The Chicago-native scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, eight more than the 6-foot-4 Lavender.
Although she didn’t lock Lavender down defensively — the senior scored a game-high 24 points — she did everything she could to put her team in position to get the win. Lavender also took 20 attempts to get to 24 points, the most shots taken in the game.
Johnson is a force and if the team continues to be successful, she should be a favorite to win Big Ten Player of the Year next season.
Johnson has a double-double in seven conference fames this season and is one of the only players in the league to be averaging a double-double. She has hit the 17 rebound mark three times this season, once against Michigan and once against Minnesota.