Jeff Koester didn't hesitate, not for a moment. The answer was that easy.
"Yes, the biggest win we've had in my three years as head coach," said Koester, who took over a fading program in the fall of 2007. "This is what we've been working toward, putting four quarters together for a big win."
They don't come much bigger than the win Johansen earned Thursday.
With three starters having fouled out, Koester turned to his bench and sophomore guard VeAnne Navarro in the final minutes of a tense game.
They responded, hitting eight of 10 free throws in the final 3:15 for a 54-44 stunner over Modesto -- which had won eight straight and was unbeaten in the Modesto Metro Conference.
"I can't stop smiling, that's how big a win this is," said Navarro, who scored 17 of her 29 points from the free-throw line. "Unbeaten, first place and they beat us by 20 the last time we played."
That lopsided win might have been Modesto's undoing, because the Panthers (13-9, 6-1) were taken aback by Johansen's (12-10, 4-3) aggressive play.
Johansen had just four wins combined the last two years, so it's been quite a turnaround as Koester has increased interest on campus and developed a bench to play with his star.
The Vikings' aggression contributed to their foul problems -- they had 25 fouls, Modesto 21, and the two combined to shoot 72 free throws -- but it was a price they were willing to pay.
Christine Uhalde was ripping down rebounds, Kayla Sargent and Christina Butler were diving for loose balls and Jocy Davison and Karisa Wood were slapping away the entry passes.
By the time Modesto realized it had a game to play, it trailed 15-12 after a quarter and would never draw even.
Modesto got within 42-40 with 4:10 to go, and Johansen already had lost two starters. The Vikings scored the next five points, with Sargent hitting two free throws and Navarro three.
Navarro -- who also had nine rebounds, six assists and five steals -- hit three more before the game was over to seal it.
"I spent all summer working on free throws, or at least it seemed that way," Navarro said. "My dad has a rule that I have to make 10 in a row or I start over. If I hit the rim, it counts as a miss. It's hard."
The work paid off.
Navarro was 17 of 21 at the line, helping Johansen shoot 26 of 36 as a team. What made Navarro's fourth-quarter performance surprising was she never stepped off the court.
"I try to save my timeouts for the second half, then I use them as rest breaks," Koester said. "She's too valuable not to have out there, and not just because she scores. If you double-team her, she'll pass to an open teammate with a shot."
Navarro benefited from the Panthers' textbook defense in the first half -- a simple man-to-man, rather than a box-and-one or some other gimmick defense that would have worn down the guard by halftime.
Fatigue began to set in late in the third quarter, as she struggled. After shooting 6 of 10 from the floor in the first half, she missed on all seven of her shots after halftime.
It's no surprise that Navarro's struggles coincided with Modesto's decision to have a second defender shade her.
When she slung the ball to a teammate, it usually led to an open shot. Johansen misfired on plenty, hitting just 14 of 58, but they hit enough to win.
"This is my first year playing since junior high," said Uhalde, a golfer going to Fresno State on scholarship. "Basketball is about the team, learning to depend on teammates. Golf is just about you.
"We've gotten so much better since the start of the season. We've been building up to have a game like this one."