Former Lady Tiger Johnson Signs with Seattle
SEATTLE - Former LSU point guard and the Southeastern Conference's all-time assists leader Temeka Johnson has signed a free agent contract with the WNBA's Seattle Storm, it was announced Thursday evening.
Like college, Johnson's WNBA resume has been impressive. In her nine seasons, she has earned a WNBA Championship with the Phoenix Mercury in 2009, and she was named Rookie of the Year in her first season with the Washington Mystics. Johnson spent the 2012 season with the Tulsa Shock and started 28 of 29 games.
Johnson has career averages of 8.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. She is approaching the 2,000-point plateau, with 1,922 points over her eight year career. Johnson spent three seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks (2006-08) and three with the Mercury (2009-11).
"I am extremely excited to be joining such a quality organization," Johnson said. "Seattle has such talented players, an experienced and dedicated coaching staff and of course, some of the best fans in the WNBA."
Even more impressive is what Johnson has accomplished away from the court. In 2009, she began the H.O.P.E. foundation to inspire the youth of America. The goal of Heaven Opens People's Eyes is to inspire youth, families and communities to set high aspirations, reach for their dreams and lead more emotionally healthy lifestyles.
Through her foundation, she has authored two inspiring children's books. For more information, visit www.MeeksHope.org or follow Johnson on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/QuickDeuce.
From 2001-05, Johnson established herself as one of college basketball's greatest point guards. In her final season of 2005, she earned the Lieberman Award as the nation's top point guard. She concluded her career, racking up an SEC-record 945 assists. To date, she remains the only player in SEC history to record over 900 assists in a career.
She also ended her LSU career as the only player in school history to collect at least 1,000 points, 500 assists and 500 rebounds.