Missouri State senior Alize Johnson (Williamsport, Pa.) was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday after his prominent performances last week for the Bears.
In two games, Johnson averaged 18.5 points and 15.0 rebounds per game while converting 48.1 percent of his field goal attempts (13-of-27). He was also 7-for-9 (.778) at the foul line with four 3-pointers, nine offensive rebounds, two assists and a steal.
He logged game highs with 21 points and 16 rebounds in MSU’s win over Indiana State on Sunday, making 7-of-11 shots and sharing team-high honors with two assists. He also converted multiple 3-pointers for the third game in a row and extended his streak of consecutive double-doubles to seven games.
Johnson also notched 16 points and 14 rebounds at Evansville on Wednesday.
It is Johnson’s second MVC Player of the Week honor this season, also earning the distinction on Dec. 26, and the fourth of his career. The only MSU player to win the award more than Johnson is Kyle Weems (2008-12) who won it six times in his career.
Johnson leads the nation in defensive rebounds per game (8.47) and is sixth nationally in total rebounds per game (11.6). The senior continues to lead the MVC in rebounding for the second straight season. His 13 double-doubles ranks the fourth-best in the country.
He and the Bears continue their two-game home stand Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they take on Valparaiso at JQH Arena.