Seniors Johnson, Kalin picked for all-star team

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa senior Morgan Johnson and Northern Iowa senior guard Jacqui Kalin will get a chance to play a few more basketball games before their hoops careers comes to a close.

The 6-foot-5 Hawkeye and Panther point guard have both been selected to the NetScouts Basketball United States All-Star team, and her and nine other NCAA Division I seniors will travel to China for 15 days to play against other national squads.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” Johnson said. “I’m still exploring the option of playing professionally overseas and this tournament will help in the decision making process. I’m honored that NetScouts added me to the roster.”

The USA team will play in China from May 1 to May 15. Other national teams in attendance are expected to be from Brazil, Australia and China.

Joining Johnson and Kalin on the United States squad will be Taelor George of Gonzaga, Jamie Russell of Illinois State, Adrian Ritchie of Green Bay, Lauren Oosdyke of Northern Colorado, Kate Thompson of Michigan, Sam Ostarello of Purdue, Samantha Heck of Evansville and Stephanie Sension of Green Bay.

Johnson started all 34 games for Iowa this past season and was named a second team all-Big Ten selection. She ranked inside the top 10 in six different Big Ten statistical categories while leading the Hawkeyes, who reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, in scoring (14.4) and rebounding (7.5).

Kalin was one of the best players to ever come out of the University of Northern Iowa. She led the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring this season on her way to MVC Player of the Year honors. It was the second time she was given the league’s top individual honor.

The Sioux City native averaged 19.5 points per game this season and was one of the best free throw shooters nationally, making 95 percent of her freebies.