MSU's Johnson Earns TABC Honor

MSU's Johnson Earns TABC Honor

Midwestern State's Noel Johnson piloted the Mustangs to a landmark season on the way to its first Lone Star Conference championship in 11 seasons and to its first NCAA Division II postseason victory, advancing to the South Central Region finals.

The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches lauded Johnson for the unprecedented success naming the fifth-year coach its Small College Coach of the Year.

Led by Daktronics honorable mention All-America forward Andrea Carter (13.4 points, 10.6 rebounds) and Daktronics second-team all-region performer Kirsti Degelia (16.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists), the Mustangs posted their best season as an NCAA Division II program finishing with a 26-6 mark.

The Mustangs bettered its mark in each of Johnson's five seasons at the helm, going from eight to nine to 10 wins in her first three seasons before posting a 19-8 mark in 2011-12, when she earned Lone Star Conference Coach of Year accolades as one of the most improved teams in the nation.

MSU returns all five starters and 13 letter winners from a team that finished one win shy of moving on to the Elite Eight.

Johnson enters her sixth season with an overall record of 72-65 (.526).