Brentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team senior Yamia Johnson, has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week after averaging 21 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in wins against UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb, the league announced Tuesday.
Against Gardner-Webb, Johnson scored a season-high 25 points – her best single-game performance since she scored 25 points against Tennessee Tech in her final game for Jacksonville State. The 5-11 guard also recorded nine rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots, and a steal against the Runnin’ Bulldogs while shooting 9-of-15 from the floor and a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc.
Johnson is Austin Peay State University’s leading scorer and ranks third in the OVC this season, averaging 16.3 points per game while coming off the bench in all but one appearance. Johnson has scored in double-figures in all nine games she has played for the Govs and has a chance to be the first Governor to score in double-figures in ten-straight games since Keisha Gregory did it in 11-consecutive games from January 31st to March 7th in 2019.
Johnson also is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 13th in the OVC, and is shooting 40.7 percent from three-point range, sixth in the league.
Johnson is the first Governor to earn OVC Player of the Week since Arielle Gonzalez-Varner picked up the award on December 30th, 2019. This is the first time Johnson has been named the OVC Player of the Week in her career, she was named the OVC Freshman of the Week twice (December 4th, 2018 and February 19th, 2019) during her time at Jacksonville State.
Johnson and the rest of the Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team will be back in action at 2:00pm today, December 21st when they host UT Southern to wrap up the nonconference slate.