The heart and soul of the Missouri Western womenâ€™s basketball team this year will be junior Jill Johnson and senior Tiffany Davis.
Josh Keister, the head basketball coach for the Griffon women, know that he can count on these two every night to do what is needed to get a win.
â€œJill and Tiffany bring consistency to the team,â€ Keister said. â€œThey are the two players I can count on night in and night out to play well.â€
Both players had an outstanding season last year. Both Davis and Johnson were among the MIAA leaders in scoring.
Davis led the MIAA in assists with 6.8 a game, was second in steals with 2.7 per game and was third in assist to turnover ratio. Johnson was among the leaders in free throw percentage (she shot 74 percent for the season); defensive rebounding which she averaged 4.8 a game; and overall rebounding in which she grabbed 6.6 a game.
â€œI expect both of us to come out and ready to play every day and work hard to be able to achieve our goals for the season.â€ Johnson said.
Coach Keister knows these two women are going to be important to the success of this season.
â€œThey are the leaders of the team and bring experience to the court,â€ Keister said. â€œTeammates look up to them.â€
Not only are they leaders on the team, but they also help each other out.
â€œWe have a relationship where we can tell each other to calm down or itâ€™s time to step it up in certain situations,â€ Johnson said.
These two are ready to step it up after just missing the playoffs last year, to make a run in the NCAA tournament at the end of the season.
â€œTo get our goals we need to stay positive, play together and work hard.â€ Johnson said.
Keister is looking forward to what Johnson and Davis have to offer during the season.
â€œI expect both of them to have great years.â€ Keister said. â€œThey are our most consistent players.â€
Johnson and Davis will have to get the younger players involved as well for the team to be successful. The younger players can learn a lot by how these two work.
â€œTiffany and Jill lead by example.â€ Keister said. â€œThey are hard workers and it is contagious to the other players on the team.â€
This fits their personalities so they are ready to take this role head on and lead the team to a conference championship and the MIAA tournament.