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EKU women’s basketball adds Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson; averaged 7.2 points last season


The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team has added Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2 center from Dallas, Texas, has played for the Bobcats the past three seasons.

As a junior, Johnson averaged 7.2 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field. She netted a season-high 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting during Texas State’s 67-59 win over Alcorn State. Johnson scored in double figures eight times last season.

Jayla Johnson

During her sophomore campaign, Johnson averaged 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in just 18 minutes per contest. She posted a career-best 23 points against Oral Roberts on Nov. 24, 2018.

“I’m really excited about adding a player of Jayla’s caliber to our EKU family. Without a doubt she will make an immediate impact with her versatility and athleticism,” EKU head coach Samantha Williams said. “Not only is it important to Jayla to get her degree but she wants to have a basketball career after college. With our staff’s experience, we are a perfect match to help her reach her goals. The sky’s the limit for Jayla.”

Johnson played at Lincoln High School as a senior and she helped her team to a 27-7 record. She averaged 15.4 points per game, 6.6 rebounds and 2.8 steals a contest and earned all-district honors.

Before her time at Lincoln High School, Johnson played at powerhouse Duncanville High School. Duncanville was ranked No. 2 nationally in the final 2016 USA Today Super 25.

Johnson will join an EKU program that posted an 11-18 overall record last season. The Colonels finished 5-13 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

From Eastern Kentucky University

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