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Monday, March 30, 2015

Dayton's Johnson familiar with March Madness success

UConn's experience in national championship games has been well documented as nine of the 12 Huskies have played in either the 2013 or 2014 title contest games. Dayton also has a player who knows what it is like to cut down the net at the end of the national tourney.

Johnson, a Philadelphia native, was a member of the Louisburg (N.C.) College team which won the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national title in 2013.

"It was fun, nobody expected us to win," said Johnson, who had 15 points and seven rebounds in a 75-65 over Mesa (Ariz.) CC in the championship game. "It was us preparing, we were able to win the (title).

"Just winning it with the team, thinking about grinding, the 6 a.m. workouts and things like that and we finally did it. That was the most memorable moment, it is surreal when it happens but after a while you just think 'wow, we really did it.'"

Obviously going up against UConn is a different level of basketball but Johnson has tried to pass on what she learned during the title run during her sophomore season.

"Since I do have the experience of being a senior and a leader on and off the floor, I can talk to the freshman point guard or anybody else on the floor," Johnson said.

Johnson, who is averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds, is thrilled to be experiencing postseason success again.

"It is a great way for me to end my career at Dayton, we are playing really well and we don't want to keep on playing so keep winning," Johnson said.

"Our goal from the beginning of the year was to get to the Sweet 16. We had the drive and the passion to get here."

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