Janning set to come home to face Gophers

As Marissa Janning’s college basketball career got underway in November, the former Watertown-Mayer standout found herself in the midst of something to which she certainly wasn’t accustomed. A shooting slump.

A year ago, Janning averaged more than 30 points per game for the Royals on her way to being named Miss Basketball in the state of Minnesota. After a 6-year varsity career, she finished with the state record for 3-pointers made, was fourth all-time in scoring, and set school records in nearly every significant category.

But now, as a freshman at Creighton, Janning was forced to deal with some early adversity, a concept that must have been fairly foreign to her. In her first two games, she shot the ball 13 times. None of them went in. By the end of the fourth game, she’d finally gotten in the scoring column, but was still just 3-for-25 from the field.

“The shots were all there,” Janning said. “They just weren’t falling.”

Fortunately, she knew right where to go for some advice. Her older brother, Matt, enjoyed a stellar Division I basketball career at Northeastern, and is now playing his second season of professional basketball in Italy.

For the rest of the story, see the Dec. 27 Carver County News.