MOUNT PLEASANT — Belding graduate Taylor Johnson had a big hand in Central Michigan’s women’s basketball team getting two wins last week.
It was so big that the Mid-American Conference gave Johnson the West Division Player of the Week honor.
“I was very surprised that I got it,” Johnson said.
The sophomore guard had her first double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and adding 10 rebounds in the 78-75 overtime win over Ole Miss Dec. 16. She also was second on the Chippewas in points with 13 in a 100-59 win over Southeast Missouri State two days later.
Johnson said the game against the Rebels was hard.
“In that game it was tough,” she said. “That was a game that you were in 100 percent of the time. We were down all game, I tied with with a three and Crystal Bradford gave us a free throw to give us the lead. It was tough, it was physical, but the team gave it their all the entire time.”
Johnson wouldn’t take any of the credit for her stats against Ole Miss.
“The bench came out that game and had a killer game,” she said. “Kerby Tamm had some major free throws at the end. It was a team effort. The whole team was amazing.”
Johnson has played in 10 of the 12 games so far this season. She is averaging almost six points and 3.5 rebounds a game.
“The beginning was slow,” she said. “I was a little slow coming out, but I think I’m coming back. The team has been helping me and keeping up my spirits up.”
The Chippewa women have won five straight after beating Wright State 65-60 Tuesday night. CMU is 7-5 so far this season. The Chippewas will face Hampton Wednesday to start the Tulane Holiday Tournament.
“The MAC play starts in January,” Johnson noted. “We start with our rival in Western (Michigan), and we’re going to have to bring it then.”