Casper College Womens Basketball

Casper College's Jaye Johnson prepares to drive to the basket during the T-Birds' game against Gillette College on Feb. 6 at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym.

The University of Wyoming women’s basketball team completed its 2019 signing class on Wednesday with the addition of Casper College guard/forward Jaye Johnson.

The 5-foot-10 Johnson averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds this past season for the Thunderbirds. Casper College finished 27-7 and advanced to the Region IX championship game before falling to Western Nebraska Community College. Johnson averaged 9.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in earning all-tournament honors.

“We’re excited to add Jaye to our program,” UW head coach Joe Legerski said in a release. “We get an experienced player coming from a great program at Casper College. She’s somebody offensively that can be a threat inside and out. She’s an aggressive wing that has the ability to score.”

Johnson was a two-year starter for the T-Birds, helping them win the Region IX championship last season as they advanced to the National Junior College Athletics Association Division I Championships.

Prior to attending Casper College, Johnson was a standout for Natrona County High School.

Johnson is the third in-state player to sign with the Cowgirls, joining Lyman’s McKinley Bradshaw and Cody’s Paige Powell, who played at Encampment her first three years. Wyoming also signed Jaeden Vaifauna from Draper, Utah, to this year’s class.

The Cowgirls finished 25-9 this season. They lost to Boise State in the Mountain West championship game before advancing to the quarterfinals of the WNIT, where they were defeated by Arizona.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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