July 27, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's basketball head coach Suzy Merchant named the team's captains for the 2012-13 season, anointing rising senior Courtney Schiffauer and rising sophomore Kiana Johnson.
Schiffauer will be a captain for the second consecutive season, while Johnson is the first sophomore captain since Lindsay Bowen in 2003-04.
Schiffauer has seen her role change almost every season with Michigan State. Last season, she moved back to the post upon the season-ending injury to Madison Williams. Schiffauer appeared in all 32 games, starting 12. She averaged 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in only 16.8 minutes per game.
Johnson earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors last season, starting 28 of the Spartans' 32 games at the point guard position. She ranked seventh in the Big Ten in assists with 129, a total that ranked third among MSU freshman all-time and ranked 10th among freshman nationally in 2011-12. Johnson did a great job taking care of the ball, finishing third in the conference and third among freshman in the country, with a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio. That mark also is the sixth-best all-time at MSU and second among Spartan freshmen. In addition, Johnson was fifth on the team with 7.1 points per game, second with 53 steals and third with 21 3-pointers.
Michigan State is coming off its 11th straight postseason appearance and ninth consecutive 20-win season. The Spartans went 20-11 overall and finished in a tie for second in the Big Ten at 11-5. MSU earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row, but fell in the first round to No. 19 Louisville.
For the second-straight season, the Spartans graduate three starters, but return a wealth of young talent, including five players who started a game last season. In addition, MSU welcomes a top-25 recruiting class, and returns two key players (Madison Williams, Akyah Taylor) who missed the majority of last season due to injury.