Ankeny girls’ basketball standout Abby Johnson is anxious to take her game to the next level.
Now, she knows where she’ll be playing.
The senior guard has verbally committed to play for Northern State, an NCAA Division II program located in Aberdeen, S.D.
“I looked at a lot of schools, and it was a hard decision,” said Johnson. “It ultimately came down to the education, and Northern State’s biology program was one I couldn’t pass up.”
Johnson missed her entire junior season due to a knee injury. But she received all-conference honorable mention as a sophomore, when she helped the Hawkettes to a 9-12 record.
Johnson averaged 10.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in the 2018-19 season. She made 15-of-36 attempts from 3-point range, shooting 41.7 percent from behind the arc.
Johnson will be joining a Northern State program that currently boasts four Iowans on its roster, including senior guard Shariah Smith, a former Fort Dodge standout. The Wolves went 14-16 last season.
“When I went up to visit, coach (Paula) Krueger and her coaching staff were so nice and welcoming,” Johnson said. “It’s a great basketball program, and the support from their fans and community is one of a kind! At NSU I truly felt at home!”