NEW CASTLE, Ind. – Terrilyn Johnson, who helped the Kansas women’s basketball team win a Big Eight Conference title and reach the NCAA Tournament, is among 18 former Indiana High School stars to be honored as part of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2013 Silver Anniversary Team.
Johnson, who was named the Jayhawks’ MVP following her junior campaign and served as one of KU’s captains as a senior during the 1991-92 season, joined 10 members of the 1988 Indiana All-Star squad, including Indiana’s Miss Basketball, and eight all-state players honored for their accomplishments as a senior prep basketball player 25 years ago.
At Wallace High School in Gary, Ind., Johnson scored 1,601 career points and saw her teams combine for an 82-7 record while winning three sectionals, one regional and one semi-state. The team also won four conference championships and four holiday tournament championships. Johnson averaged 19.5 points, 13 rebounds, six steals and two blocks to be named all-state during her senior campaign before joining the Jayhawks.
At Kansas, Johnson earned three letters and led the Jayhawks in rebounding during three seasons. Her 786 (8.6 per game) career rebounds rank 11th in the school record books and she finished her career at No. 6 on the steals list with 219 – a number being approached by current Jayhawk point guard Angel Goodrich (184).
Johnson helped Kansas post back-to-back 20-win seasons as a sophomore and junior, winning two games in the 1990-91 Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) before elevating the Marian Washington-led Jayhawks to a Big Eight regular season title and NCAA Tournament berth as a senior in 1991-92. It was the first of nine straight NCAA berths for the women’s program.
Johnson played professionally for two seasons before working in business and education – coaching for a stint in the Gary school system and at Valparaiso. She resides and works in Merrillville, Ind.
The complete Silver Anniversary team includes 1988 Indianapolis Star Miss Basketball and Gatorade and Naismith National Player of the Year Vicki Hall; 1988 Indiana All-Stars Cara (Guillion) Alfele, Meredith (Sanders) Barone, Debbie Bolen, Beth (Davis) Fagan, Kristal (Stahl) Fiser, Donna (Gill) Fisher, Melissa (Nelson) Hartman-Compton, MaChelle Joseph and Tracy Roller; and all-state selections Cami Cass, Hope (Hershberger) Chambers, Sandy Herre, Terrilyn Johnson, Colleen (Jordan) Loberg, Michelle (Leedy) Timmons, Kristin (Pritchett) Messmore and Stephanie McQuinn.
All Women’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 12th Annual Women’s Banquet on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The ceremony will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis.