Johnson, a 6-3 forward, had knee injuries in each of the last two seasons of high school at Montini Catholic High in Chicago, fell behind in her conditioning at UConn and spent most of her time on the bench. She saw limited time in 56 games at UConn.
Johnson will sit out one season and resume her career as a junior at Wisconsin in 2013-14.
Here is the release issued by UConn:
STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore forward Michala Johnson has informed head women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma of her intention to transfer from the University of Connecticut. "I have really enjoyed getting to know Michala over the last two years," Auriemma said. "She is a great kid who works really hard in the classroom and on the court. Recently, she came to us and expressed an interest in being closer to home and I can respect that. I wish Michala nothing but the best in the future."
Johnson will complete the spring academic semester at UConn.
Johnson, a native of Bellwood, Ill., saw time in 56 games during her two years at UConn. She averaged 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.1 minutes per game.