Tributes started pouring in for the legendary player as soon as news broke of her passing. Hall of Fame coach Marsha Sharp said, “I am heartbroken today. Noel Johnson was one of the most decorated and beloved players in the history of Lady Raider Basketball. Her teammates and coaches respected and loved her greatly. We all send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to her family, her friends and her Midwestern State family. Rest in peace, Noey! We will miss you everyday.”
Kirby Hocutt, the Texas Tech director of athletics said, “We’ve lost a great member of our Texas Tech family. Noel’s affinity for the school and the Lady Raiders was genuine. She was a great player but an even better person. She brought the same fight she had on the court to her battle with cancer. She will be missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”
Head coach Marlene Stollings said, “Her determination, grit, and willingness to give back to our team even while fighting for her life will forever serve as an inspiration to all of us. She was a passionate leader who played a pivotal role in winning the 1993 national championship changing Texas Tech sport history forever. We know her legacy will continue to shine as a beacon of hope forever in the hearts of everyone who knew her.