Three players scored a team-high 12 points in the contest
Deidra Johnson enters her second season with the Marshall Thundering Herd women's basketball staff and is in her first year as recruiting coordinator.
In her first year with the program, she primarily worked with the post players. Under her tutelage, Tynikki Crook led Conference USA in scoring, earned second team Conference USA honors and became one of the all-time 1,000 point leaders in women's basketball history. Crook alsoranks in the top-five of all-time leaders inrebounding, field goals made, free throws made, and blocked shots categories. Johnson also guided Crook to over 16 points and nine rebounds a game as well as several C-USA Player of the Week nods.
"Deidra Johnson is one of the finest young coaches in the country," noted head coach Royce Chadwick on Johnson." She understands the game, can convey the game to the players, and is a tremendous motivator. She is an outstanding recruiter and and one of the best evaluators in the game. She is truly on the fast track for success in this business."
She joins the Thundering Herd after spending the last two years as an assistant coach with the junior college powerhouse, Chipola College, in Marianna, Florida. Johnson served as the recruiting coordinator at Chipola while also assisting with opponent scouting, film breakdown and exchange and player development while also directing the team's summer camp.
Johnson saw success on and off the floor at Chipola. She helped the team to 36-6 record and a third place finish in the 2009 NJCAA National Basketball Championship and a win in the Florida NJCAA Regional Tournament Championship while bringing a third-ranked recruiting class to Chipola in 2009.
"We are very excited to add Deidra to our coaching family. She brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to our staff," Chadwick said. "Her enthusiasm and love of the game is evident in her every day approach to coaching. She is a vivacious young lady with a great future in the business."
In July of 2009, Johnson was a head coach at the NJCAA All-Star games in Pensacola, Fla. where she led her team to the only undefeated weekend of the tournament.
Prior to her work at Chipola, Johnson spent a year working as an assistant coach at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. While at Coffeyville, she assisted in all aspects of the program in addition to working closely with student-athletes on and off the court.
From 2005-07, Johnson worked for the Boy's and Girls Club of El Dorado (Ark.). She served as the Teen-Center Director for two years while also working as the SMART Girls Program Director in her final year with the organization. Johnson began her collegiate playing career at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. In two seasons with the Lady Lions, she was named to the All-NJCAA BI State East First Team and the All-NJCAA Region VI First Team.
Following her time there, she finished her college career at Oklahoma State, playing for the Cowgirls from 2003-04. Johnson was named to the Big XII Commissioner's Honor Roll and the National Deans List in her time at OSU and was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.