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Michala Johnson named first-team All-Big Ten


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March 3, 2014

MADISON, Wis. Michala Johnson, a junior on the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team, has been named a first-team All-Big Ten selection by league coaches, the conference office announced Monday. She is the Badgers’ first first-team selection since 2008 and the 10th athlete honored in program history.

Johnson was also named a second-team All-Big Ten pick by conference media while senior Taylor Wurtz was a consensus honorable mention pick and was also named the Badgers’ Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.

Johnson, a 6-3 post, leads the Badgers with 16.5 points per game and upped that to 17.1 points per game in conference games, both which ranked fifth in the league. The transfer from the University of Connecticut started all 28 games in her first season in a Badger uniform. She led the Big Ten in conference games, shooting 56.8 percent from the field, while shooting 55.2 percent in all games, which ranks second in the conference.

She has scored 10-plus points in 21 games and 20-plus points in 11 games this season. The Bellwood, Ill., native also has five double-doubles on the season and ranks second on the team with 7.2 rebounds per game.

Wurtz, a 6-0 guard, ranks second on the UW squad with 12.8 points per game and leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game. The Brandon, Wis., native has a team-best nine double-doubles this season, scoring 10-or-more points in 19 games and 20-plus points in three games. She also has double-figure rebounds in 10 games. Wurtz has started all 28 games this season and scored her 1,000th career point in the first game of the season.

The Badgers (10-18 overall, 3-13 Big Ten) earned the No. 11 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will take on Minnesota (19-11, 8-8) in the first round on Thursday. Tip-off is approximately 8 p.m. CT from Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

 2014 All-Big Ten Conference Teams
 Coaches  Media
 First Team #  First Team
 SAMANTHA LOGIC  Iowa  Samantha Logic  Iowa
 Aerial Powers  Michigan State  Aerial Powers  Michigan State
 RACHEL BANHAM  Minnesota  RACHEL BANHAM  Minnesota
 JORDAN HOOPER  Nebraska  Amanda Zahui B.  Minnesota
 Rachel Theriot  Nebraska  JORDAN HOOPER  Nebraska
 Nia Coffey  Northwestern  Rachel Theriot  Nebraska
 Ameryst Alston  Ohio State  Ameryst Alston  Ohio State
 Ariel Edwards  Penn State  Ariel Edwards  Penn State
 MAGGIE LUCAS  Penn State  MAGGIE LUCAS  Penn State
 COURTNEY MOSES  Purdue  Courtney Moses  Purdue
 Michala Johnson  Wisconsin
 Second Team *  Second Team
 Larryn Brooks  Indiana  Larryn Brooks  Indiana
 Bethany Doolittle  Iowa  Bethany Doolittle  Iowa
 Cyesha Goree  Michigan  Cyesha Goree  Michigan
 Annalise Pickrel  Michigan State  Emily Cady  Nebraska
 Amanda Zahui B.  Minnesota  Tear'a Laudermill  Nebraska
 Emily Cady  Nebraska  Nia Coffey  Northwestern
 Tear'a Laudermill  Nebraska  Dara Taylor  Penn State
 Dara Taylor  Penn State  Whitney Bays  Purdue
 KK Houser  Purdue  KK Houser  Purdue
 Michala Johnson  Wisconsin
 Honorable Mention  Honorable Mention
 Ivory Crawford  Illinois  Ivory Crawford  Illinois
 Ally Disterhoft  Iowa  Amber Moore  Illinois
 Shannon Smith  Michigan  Ally Disterhoft  Iowa
 Siera Thompson  Michigan  Nicole Elmblad  Michigan
 Klarissa Bell  Michigan State  Shannon Smith  Michigan
 Tori Jankoska  Michigan State  Siera Thompson  Michigan
 Becca Mills  Michigan State  Klarissa Bell  Michigan State
 Lauren Douglas  Northwestern  Tori Jankoska  Michigan State
 Maggie Lyon  Northwestern  Becca Mills  Michigan State
 Talia East  Penn State  Annalise Pickrel  Michigan State
 Whitney Bays  Purdue  Ashley Deary  Northwestern
 April Wilson  Purdue  Maggie Lyon  Northwestern
 Taylor Wurtz  Wisconsin  Raven Ferguson  Ohio State
 All-Defensive Team  Talia East  Penn State
 Bethany Doolittle  Iowa  April Wilson  Purdue
 Klarissa Bell  Michigan State  Taylor Wurtz  Wisconsin
 Amanda Zahui B.  Minnesota   Player of the Year
 Hallie Sample  Nebraska  Maggie Lucas  Penn State
 DARA TAYLOR  Penn State   Coach of the Year
 All-Freshman Team  Coquese Washington  Penn State
 Larryn Brooks  Indiana  Freshman of the Year
 Ally Disterhoft  Iowa  Amanda Zahui B.  Minnesota
 Aerial Powers  Michigan State  Sportsmanship Award Honorees
 AMANDA ZAHUI B.  Minnesota  Nia Oden  Illinois
 Nia Coffey  Northwestern  Simone Deloach  Indiana
 Player of the Year  Theairra Taylor  Iowa
 Jordan Hooper  Nebraska  Val Driscoll  Michigan
 Defensive Player of the Year  Klarissa Bell  Michigan State
 Dara Taylor  Penn State  Sari Noga  Minnesota
 Freshman of the Year  Jordan Hooper  Nebraska
 Amanda Zahui B.  Minnesota  Meghan McKeown  Northwestern
 Sixth Player of the Year  Amy Scullion  Ohio State
 Whitney Bays  Purdue  Ariel Edwards  Penn State
 Coach of the Year  KK Houser  Purdue
 Connie Yori  Nebraska  Taylor Wurtz  Wisconsin
 Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
 # Additional honorees due to a tie
 * Reduced due to tie on first team
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