Holt graduate Mandy “A.J.” Johnson earned the defensive player of the year award after leading Western Michigan University with 40 steals and 32 three-pointers.
Thee sophomore guard also averaged 6.8 points per game while helping the Broncos finish 11-20 overall and 6-10 in the conference, the most wins since the 2007-08 season.
She overcame a broken hand her freshman year, missing eight games, to show steady growth and become a key contributor for first-year head coach Shane Clipfell, who was formerly an associate head coach for Michigan State under Suzy Merchant.
“We know we are always going to get 100 percent from A.J. and she is a competitor who does not like to lose,” said Clipfell, who now holds the record for the most wins for a first-year WMU head coach. “We typically tasked her with the opponent’s best perimeter player and we asked her to extend the defense the entire length of the floor. This is a big summer for A.J. as we are expecting her to continue to grow and take a bigger role in the leadership area as she heads into next season.”