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Malayna Johnson
Malayna  Johnson


Bellwood, Ill.

High School:
Montini Catholic



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Malayna Johnson Photo Gallery | 2013-14 Game-by-Game Statistics | 2014-15 Game-by-Game Statistics

Of Note: Joins her older sister Michala on the Badger team

2014-15: Played in all 29 games, averaging 13.8 minutes per game ... averaged 4.0 points per game ... scored in double figures in one game, a career-high 14 points at Minnesota (Feb. 11) ... shot 6-of-8 (75 percent) from the field against the Golden Gophers ... was also a perfect 2-for-2 from the line at Minnesota ... ranked third on the team with a .455 field goal percentage on the season ... also shot 70.3 percent (26-of-37) from the line ... added 3.1 rebounds per game ... had a career-high 11 rebounds at Illinois (Feb. 1) ... had five-or-more rebounds in seven games ... led the team in rebounding in two games ... had one assist in six games ... tied for second on the team with 30 blocks (1.0/game) ... had a career-high four blocks in two games—vs. Minnesota (Jan. 1) and at Indiana (Jan. 11) ... led the team in blocks in four games ... had a career high two steals vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 20)

2013-14: Played in 25 games, averaging 7.2 minutes per game ... averaged 0.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game ... scored her first point in the Cardinal White vs. Northern Illinois (Nov. 17) ... scored her first field goal as a Badger vs. Ohio State (Feb. 2), tallying five points on 1-for-1 shooting and going 3-for-4 from the free throw line ... recorded a season-high six points at Penn State (Feb. 16), going 4-for-4 from the free throw line ... also had three rebounds and one steal against the Lady Lions ... in nine minutes of play, scored five points on 2-for-2 shooting from field goal range and pulled down two rebounds at Indiana (Feb. 8) ... played a career-best 19 minutes while pulling down a career-high seven rebounds and adding three blocks vs. Green Bay (Dec. 30) ... recorded one steal, one assist, two blocks and two rebounds vs. Indiana (Jan. 15) ... recorded a career-best two assists while adding five rebounds and two points vs. Minnesota (Feb. 12) ... had four rebounds and one block vs. Northwestern (March 2)

High School:
Member of three state championship teams ... conference champions ... averaged 8.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game as a senior while shooting 60 percent from the field ... East DuPage all-area ... Suburban Christian Conference all-conference ... played with the Illinois Lady Lightning AAU team under coach Mike Seberger

Personal: Parents are Michael and Cathrecea Johnson ... has one older sister Michala (21) ... born Oct. 23 ... major is undeclared


Career Highs

Points: 14 at Minnesota, 2-11-15
Field Goals: 6 at Minnesota, 2-11-15
Field Goal Att: 8 at Minnesota, 2-11-15
Field Goal %: .750 (6-8) at Minnesota, 2-11-15
3-pt FG: 0
3-pt FG Att: 0
3-pt FG%: 0
Free Throws: 4 (2x; MR at Illinois, 2-1-15)
Free Throw Att: 7 at Illinois, 2-1-15
Free Throw %: 1.000 (4-4) at Penn State, 2-16-14
Rebounds: 11 at Illinois, 2-1-15
Assists: 2 (2x MR; vs. vs. Minnesota, 1-4-15)
Steals: 2 vs. Vanderbilt, 11-20-14
Blocks: 4 (2x MR; vs. Indiana, 1-11-15)
Minutes: 28 at Miami, 12-4-14

Why Wisconsin?

"I chose Wisconsin because its close to home, it has a beautiful campus and welcoming student population."

Off the Court with Malayna

Favorites - Cartoon Character: Mickey Mouse; Movie: Pursuit of Happyness; TV Show: America’s Next Top Model; Car: Range Rover; Basketball Players: Elena Delle Donne and Dwayne Wade
First started basketball: Eighth grade
Most memorable basketball game: when Nicole Bauman hit the half-court shot to tie the game against Green Bay last season
Before each game, I: listen to hype music
Best UW road trips: Northwestern and Washington
One word that describes the team: amusing
One word that describes me: awkward
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: watch Vines together and laugh at all the videos
Most memorable basketball achievement: Three-time state champs in high school
If I could change one basketball rule, it would be: 10 seconds in the lane and talk back to the refs without getting a technical
What would you be doing if you weren’t playing collegiate basketball? Probably a ballerina or a volleyball player
Dream as a collegiate player: to play in the WNBA and overseas
Team goal for the season: win the Big Ten
If I was Coach Kelsey for the day, I would: make the team think we have a tough 6 a.m. practice coming up but instead surprise the team with a trip to somewhere relaxing like a spa
The best thing about Madison is: the atmosphere
Fantasy job/career: dress up really nice and take pictures, I guess a model
Persons most admired/role models: my mom and great grandma
My most prized possession is: our iPads because everything I need is on it and my Beats headphones
I can’t live without: my family and Jesus in my life
My secret addictions are: chicken tenders and donuts
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I laugh in my sleep and record myself singing when I'm alone to hear if I can actually sing
The best sporting event I ever attended was? World Series Tug of War and Roller Derby
You won’t catch me eating: chocolate
Nobody knows how much I love to: sing
Greatest Inventions of the last 100 years: cars and cellphone
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Florida
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world: Paris or Italy
A non-athletic talent I have is: I was forced to play basketball because I'm not good at anything else
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: playing the piano like Alicia Keys
If I could meet three people from throughout history they would be: Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Beyoncé because she's amazing and even auto-correct knows she's great because it corrects her name
Who would star as you in the story of your life? My sister, Michala Johnson
If I had a million dollars: I would buy my mom a house and car, give some to starving children, and invest with the rest
My bucket list includes: swimming with dolphins, taking care of a baby cheetah, going on a mission trip to Africa, and going to the safari
Post-college plans: get a fun job, but hopefully play in the WNBA
Career goal: love coming to my job every day not for the money it pays
My dream date would be: candle-lit dinner on the beach of an island
What are you most thankful for? That I'm living happily without any obstacles that stop me from enjoying life
What are you passionate about? My family
My favorite quote or motto is: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts” –Winston Churchill
My worst habit is: biting my nails

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