GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- University of North Dakota head women's basketball coach Travis Brewster announced that former North Dakota Miss Basketball Holly Johnson will transfer to UND to finish out her college career. Johnson comes to UND from North Dakota State, where she started each of the last three seasons but sat out the 2015-16 campaign due to injury. She will have one year of eligibility remaining and will be on the 2016-17 roster.
"Holly Johnson transferring is an exciting opportunity to add another North Dakotan to the team," Brewster said. "The recruiting philosophy here is home state first then expand, that includes transfers. She is not the first player to transfer in-state, just the first since turning Division I.
"There was interest in the recruiting process coming out of high school, but she chose a school that was a good fit for her at the time. Our recent communication upon receiving her release has been excellent, we talked about the vison of the program as well as being engrained in the process to continue the tradition here at the University of North Dakota. Her knowledge of our program and the game will help us be more versatile for one year. She has demonstrated a high competitive nature to play at this level and a tremendous amount of pride to represent the state of North Dakota and the state's flagship university at UND."
A 2012 graduate of Minot (N.D.) High School, Johnson earned the state's Miss Basketball award by compiling over 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists in her final season with the Majettes. She thrust herself right into a starting role at NDSU, playing in 27 games and starting 13 as a true freshmen. She would start every game over the next two seasons, averaging 12.2 points and seven rebounds per game for the Bison in 2014-15.
The six-foot Johnson, who was the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Vice President at NDSU, was named to the Summit League Academic Honor Roll all three seasons. She leaves NDSU with 854 points scored in 86 games (9.9 ppg) to go along with 465 rebounds (5.4 rpg).
North Dakota, under fourth-year coach Brewster, has won all four games against the Bison with Johnson on the roster. Johnson scored 17 and grabbed seven rebounds in her last game against UND in 2014, but North Dakota prevailed, 90-87, in overtime in Fargo, N.D.