Johnson helps lead CMU by Ole Miss

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 11:11 am on Thursday, December 15, 2011

Taylor Johnson gets a basketball in honor of her 1,000th point from her high school coach Mike Nelson on Jan. 10, 2010. — File photo

OXFORD, Miss. — The Central Michigan University women’s basketball team started the season slowly, losing its first four games.

Since, the Chippewas have won four of their last five including wins over Purdue on Sunday and Ole Miss on Wednesday.

Belding graduate Taylor Johnson, a sophomore, posted her first double-double of the season in the win over Ole Miss. She scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench.

Down 56-43, the Chippewas went on a 16-4 run to pull within 60-59 with less than a minute remaining in the game. After a basket by Ole Miss, Johnson drained a three-pointer to tie the game at 62.

CMU forced overtime with just five seconds remaining on a layup by Crystal Bradford.

In overtime, the Chippewas outscored the Rebels 12-9 to improve their record to 4-5.

CMU outrebounded the Rebels 61-44.

Against Purdue, Johnson scored eight points to go along with two rebounds.

The Chippewas outscored the Boilermakers 47-25 in the second half for the win. In seven games this year Johnson is averaging 5.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

As a freshman, Johnson was named the MAC Co-Sixth Player of the Year. She averaged 10.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Johnson led all MAC freshman in rebounding and was second in scoring.

The Chippewas are on the road beginning Sunday for the Wright State Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. They face Southeast Missouri State at noon Sunday. They face Longwood Monday and Wright State Tuesday.

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