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WBK: Cougars Learning How To Win Late

February 3, 2014, 10:45 PM by Cat Clark

WBK: Cougars Learning How To Win Late
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Cougar senior Laura Johnson made school history this past weekend by knocking down 8 three pointers while racking up a career high 29 points in USF's win over Bemidji St. She also became the first player to be named Northern Sun Women's Player of the Week.

The USF women have turned their season around over the last month by winning 6 of their last 7 games. They have four seniors, but only start one. That is why this team needed a few close losses before they could begin winning.

"I think we learned how to win. We are all learning our roles and everyone is performing them with a lot of confidence, we are coming together really well," USF Senior Forward Laura Johnson said

"We do have a really young team and it does take time and games that you need to lose in order to get a win, or learn how to win. It is exactly that, we just didn't know how to win a game," USF Sophomore Taylor Varsho said.

One thing coach Traphagen's team did know was how explosive his team’s leader Laura Johnson was. She is averaging over 15 points a game and has taught these young Cougars how to play at this level.

"She is a great senior leader on this team. She has taken me under her wing and gave me respect coming in as a transfer. She is great out there," Varsho said.

"As a senior it has been kind of a different for me. We have had a lot of younger players step up. I have had to do a lot of different things. It has been my role this year to be a more well rounded player," Johnson said.

At 8-8 the Cougars currently hold the fourth spot in the conference. That would give them a chance to play the first round of the NSIC tournament in their own backyard at the Sanford Pentagon.

"I think it is great for this community and area. For our kids, our seniors, and all the hard work they have put in I would give anything to make sure we that we can get there and play in that tournament. I think it is going to be really special," USF Women's Head Coach Travis Traphagen said.

The Cougars will return to action this Friday when they travel to St. Paul tipping off a four game road stand. They will close out their season at home February 21st and 22nd.

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