Deja and Tia Johnson, who will be Seniors on this year’s edition of the Lady Cubs in both volleyball and basketball, have announced they have made a commitment to play basketball for Coach Steve Gomez at Lubbock Christian University.
The program at LCU is a true powerhouse and has at least two National Titles to their credit. In 10 seasons with Gomez at the helm while an NAIA institution, the Lady Chaps made 10 consecutive trips to the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship tournament. Coach Gomez’s arrival to the LCU women’s basketball program certainly changed the foundation of the program. In those 10 seasons at the helm, LCU posted a 234-96 record under Gomez in the NAIA.
The Lady Chaps made the jump to NCAA DII in 2013, and were eligible for post season in 2015. In the 2015-16 season, a season that started off with an exhibition game loss at NCAA Div. I No.1 Connecticut and ended with a perfect 35-0 season in LCU’s first season eligible for NCAA postseason. They went 18-0 in Heartland Conference play to capture a regular season title and then a Heartland Conference Tournament title (first season eligible for the tournament). The Lady Chaps went on to capture a South Central Regional Tournament title and eventually a NCAA Div. II National Title. Gomez claimed WBCA NCAA Div. II National Coach of the Year honors and also spent a portion of the offseason as a court coach at the 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach Gomez told TownTalk Media, “These twins are tremendous. I have actually known them since they were little. I have always known they were special. They just have a maturity about them. I have watched them play many times and obviously, they are good. But they are great teammates. They do such a great job as a team. Brownfield is certainly a team with lots of great players. Deja and Tia are able to work really well as a part of that team and make things happen. They carry themselves with such grace. They are always steady, no matter what is going on around them. On and off the court, they are great individuals.”
Deja and Tia have been key components in the success of the Lady Cubs the past two years. And certainly a part of the State Championship run. The twins are dynamite under the basket, offensively and defensively. They both can shoot from outside and are money at the free-throw line.
Both girls move down the court quickly and have a knack for knowing where to be and how to make things work inside and outside.
Lady Cubs Head Coach Michelle Wyatt stated, “I am so excited for Tia and Deja on their commitment to LCU. They have both worked hard to achieve this goal and it is so special for them to get this opportunity. Coach Gomez has built an awesome program at LCU, and I think it is the perfect fit for them.”
These girls are not just stellar athletes, but are true competitors in the classroom. They are both A students and work just as hard at academics as they do athletics.
BISD Superintendent Chris Smith stated, “I am so happy and proud for the twins. They are amazing students and young ladies. They are great athletes, but the success they will find in life will come from their intelligence, character, and spirit. I am so proud of what they have accomplished and excited to watch them in the future.”
Deja stated, “I want to first give all glory to God for giving me this amazing opportunity to continue my athletic career in college. I want to thank my mom for always supporting me, no matter what. There are no amount of words I could say that would express my gratitude towards her. I would also like to thank all my coaches and teammates in my life who have helped me develop not only my game, but myself as a person. I cannot describe how grateful I am for Coach Gomez, Coach Self, and Coach Wilson for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. I am so blessed by this opportunity.”
Tia stated, “I am so thankful and blessed for this opportunity and I am so excited to continue my basketball career and life journey with my best friend in the whole world. I have prayed and thought a lot about this decision and believe that LCU is the best school for me. I want to say thank you to all my coaches and teammates that I have had throughout my life. Thank you for pushing me to be the best player, teammate, and person I could be. I could not have gotten this far without y’all. I also want to thank my family and most of all, my mom for making sure I had the most opportunities and supporting me through my highs and lows. She has taught me to play with respect and to give all glory to God. And finally, thank you Coach Gomez for this amazing opportunity. I am so excited to continue playing this game I love.”
Their mother, Rose Johnson, who also played volleyball at LCU, stated, “I am very thankful to God for Deja and Tia to have this opportunity. There are so many that come to mind that have helped them become who they are today, from coaches, teammates, teachers, friends, family, and community. I cannot say thank you enough to each of them for loving on my girls the way they have and helping them get to where they are today. The journey is not over and I am excited to have everyone to continue on this journey along with us. I am very proud of Deja and Tia. Their hard work, grit, tenacity, integrity, character, and sweet spirits make me so proud. I am humbly honored to be their mom and I am so excited to see what God continues to do in their lives.”
Congratulations from TownTalk Media and all of Brownfield!