Aztec Basketball's Paris Johnson Named MWC Co-Player of the Week
Feb. 2, 2009
SAN DIEGO - For the second straight week and the third time this season, Aztec sophomore center Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) has been named Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Johnson, who has logged double-doubles in four consecutive games, shares the honor this week with Utah's Morgan Warburton.
Johnson averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds in posting two double-doubles against TCU and Colorado State last week. She shot 75 percent from the field and tallied 10 blocked shots, seven assists and five steals in the two outings.
Against the Lady Frogs, Johnson tied a career-high with six blocked shots, which are the most by a player in the MWC this season. The six blocks give her 12 in her last two outings vs. TCU and tie for fourth in school single-game history.
In the Aztecs' last-second win over Colorado State on Saturday, Johnson made 9-of-10 shots from the field for her fifth 20-point scoring outing of the season. She also added a game-high 12 rebounds and tallied four assists, four blocks and a pair of steals.
For the year, she has nine double-doubles and leads the Aztecs in both scoring (15.4 ppg.) and rebounding (9.0 rpg.). Johnson ranks first in the Mountain West Conference in blocked shots with 2.68 per game and in offensive rebounds with 3.26 a contest.
The award is the fourth of Johnson's career and the record fifth in 2008-09 by the Aztecs. In the previous nine years of the league, SDSU combined to earn MWC player-of-the-week honors eight times with a high of twice in a single campaign last year and in 1999-2000.
San Diego State will play its second consecutive home game on Wednesday, as the Aztecs finish out the first round of Mountain West Conference play against UNLV at 7 p.m. PT at Cox Arena.