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CAREER NOTES: Is in her eighth season in the WNBA, her third with Silver Stars…spent five seasons with the Orlando Miracle and the Connecticut Sun (1999-2003)…originally allocated to the Miracle on 5/3/99…was a key player off the bench for the United States squad that captured the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Greece…named to the All-WNBA Second Team three times (1999, 2000 and 2002)…has been named a WNBA All-Star four times (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003)…earned WNBA Player of the Week honors on 6/10/02…is the only player WNBA history to amass more than 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, 800 rebounds and 300 steals…ranks in the top five on the WNBA’s all-time assist list with 1.031 career hand outs and among the top 10 on the all-time free throws made list with 780 makes…in her WNBA career she has played in 220 games earning 214 starts, averaging 12.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.52 steals in 33.3 minutes per game…started in seven of the Sun/Miracle playoff games, averaging 9.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.71 steals in 35.7 minutes per game.

2005: Started in 33 of 34 games…averaged 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.35 steals in 32.4 minutes per game…shot .365 (88-241) from the field, .311 (28-90) from beyond the arc and a career-high .831 (113-135) from the foul line…ranked fourth in the league in assists (4.6 apg), 12th in free throw percentage (.931/113-136) and 15th in steals (1.35 spg)…led the team in scoring five times, rebounding twice, assists 24 times and steals 14 times…scored in double figures in 13 games and handed out five or more assists in 16 games…scored her 2,500th career point on 7/14 at Sacramento…dished out her 1,000th career assist at Minnesota on 8/9, becoming the first player in league history to score more than 2,500 points and hand out 1,000 assists for her career…tallied her 300th career steal vs. Washington on 6/7…posted one double-double on the season with 14 points and a career-high 13 assists at Sacramento on 8/18…recorded 10 points and eight assists, as well as pulled down her 750th career rebound vs. Charlotte on 6/2…finished the season going 34 of 34 from the free throw line over the last 12 games, including a perfect 11 of 11 at Houston on 7/30.

2004: Saw action in 31 games with 30 starts, averaging 9.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.55 steals in 30.8 minutes per game…shot .380 (89-234) from the field, .355 (27-76) from beyond the arc and .766 (82-107) from the free throw line…ranked seventh in the WNBA in assists per game (4.4 apg), 10th in the league in steals per game (1.55 spg) and 15th in three-point field goal percentage (.355, 27-76)…scored in double figures 13 times, including two 20-point plus games…led the team in assists 23 times, steals in 10 games, scoring six times, rebounds once and blocks once…finished with a team-high 16 points to go along with 3 rebounds, a team-high 6 assists and 2 steals vs. Detroit on 5/22…tallied her first double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high tying 12 assists (a Silver Stars record for assists in a game) to go along with 4 rebounds in 37 minutes vs. Sacramento on 5/28…recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 assists in 37 minutes at Phoenix on 6/26…at the same time she recorded her 800th career-assist…finished with a season-high 25 points (7-12 FG, 3-4 3FG, 8-9 FT) to go along with 7 assists and 3 rebounds in 37 minutes at Detroit on 7/18…tallied 15 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and a season-high 5 steals in 32 minutes against her former team, the Connecticut Sun on 7/24…set a Silver Stars record with 8 assists in the first half vs. Sacramento on 9/4…closed out the season by finishing with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals vs. Charlotte on 9/17…missed three games with a bruised right knee (7/28-7/31).

2003: One of three Connecticut Sun players to start all 34 games, averaging 12.4, points, 3.9 rebounds, a career-best 5.8 assists and 1.29 steals in 32.6 minutes per game…shot .433 (138-319) from the field, .260 (19-73) from three-point range and .731 (125-171) from the foul line…named to the 2003 WNBA All-Star Eastern Conference Team for the fourth time in her career…finished the season ranked fourth in the WNBA in assists per game (5.8)…ranked seventh in the league in free throw attempts (171) and eighth in free throws made (125)…led the team in assists 31 times, scoring in 10 games and rebounds three times…scored in double figures 18 times, including six 20-plus point games…posted two double-doubles…became just the second player in league history to amass at least 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists in a career with a 19-foot jumper vs. New York on 8/12…tallied her 700th career assist at Charlotte on 8/9 to become just the fifth player in WNBA history to reach 700 assists for their career…scored her 2,000th WNBA career point vs. New York on 8/12, becoming just the 24th player in WNBA history to reach the 2,000-point plateau…had the first field goal and first assist in Sun history…scored a season-high 31 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3FG, 11-15 FT) to go along with 8 rebounds and 3 assists at Houston on 5/30…handed out 8 or more assists in 10 games, including a season-high 11 assists at Minnesota on 7/10…started all four playoff games against Charlotte Sting and Detroit Shock, averaging 11.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 32.8 minutes per game…tallied 15 points and 8 assists in the Sun’s series-clinching playoff game at Charlotte on 8/30…recorded a career playoff-high 16 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Detroit on 9/7.

2002: Started 31 games, averaging a career-best 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.65 steals in 35.8 minutes per game…shot .404 (157-389) from the field, .273 (21-77) from three-point range and .766 (164-214) from the foul line…named to the 2002 All-WNBA Second Team for the third time in her career...was selected to the 2002 WNBA All-Star Eastern Conference Team for the third time...named WNBA Player of the Week on 6/10 becoming the first ever Miracle player to receive the award...finished the season ranked first in the WNBA in total assists (163) and fourth in assists per game (5.4 apg)…ranked second in the league in free throw attempts (214), sixth in minutes per game (35.8), ninth in scoring (16.1 ppg) and 11th in steals per game (1.65)...set or tied career-highs in six statistical categories, including minutes, assists, points, field goal attempts, free throw attempts and free throws made…led the team in assists 26 times, scoring 16 times and rebounding 8 times…scored in double figures in 16 games, including one 30-plus point game and a team-high eight 20-plus point games…posted two double-doubles…tallied a career-high 35 points, scoring 11 in the third overtime period, while playing a career-high 51 minutes, the fourth most in WNBA history, in a triple overtime game vs. Cleveland on 6/8…finished with a game-high 21 points, a career-high 12 assists and 3 rebounds vs. Utah on 7/19…recorded 16 points and 10 assists vs. Sacramento on 8/8…missed one game due to personal reasons.

2001: Appeared in 26 games, earning 22 starts…averaged 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.31 steals in 30.2 minutes per game...shot .367 (90-245) from the field, .365 (38-104) from three-point range and .757 (84-111) from the foul line…missed the first six games of the season (the first missed games of her WNBA career) due to surgery to repair her meniscus...led the team in assists eight times, scoring seven times and rebounding three times…scored in double figures in 18 games, including two 20-plus point games…eclipsed the 1,000 WNBA career point mark by tallying 14 points at Miami on 7/27…scored a season-high 25 points to go along with a season-high 6 assists and 5 rebounds vs. Phoenix on 8/5…...tallied 21 points while connecting on a career-high 5 three-pointers at Indiana on 7/13…finished with 14 points, a season-high 9 rebounds and 5 assists vs. Portland on 8/1.

2000: One of three Miracle players to start all 32 games, averaging 11.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.81 steals in 35.2 minutes per game…shot .394 (122-309) from the field, .333 (30-90) from three-point range and .743 (107-144) from the foul line…named to the 2000 All-WNBA Second Team and Eastern Conference All-Star Team for the second year in a row...ranked fourth in the WNBA in assists per game (5.3), fifth in minutes per game (35.2) and 11th in steals per game (1.81)...led the team in assists 24 times, rebounding seven times and scoring six times…scored in double figures 23 times, including two 20-plus point games…finished the season with four double-doubles...recorded a game-high 19 points and career-high 12 assists at Utah on 6/13…scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds vs. New York on 7/1...nearly posted a triple-double with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists at Sacramento on 7/27...hit the game-winning three-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining at Charlotte on 6/10…started all three playoff games vs. Cleveland, averaging 6.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

1999: Started all 32 games, averaging 14.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.69 steals in 35.8 minutes per game…shot .447 (151-338) from the field, .364 (40-110) from three-point range and .686 (105-153) from the foul line…named to the 1999 All-WNBA Second Team and to the 1999 Eastern Conference All-Star Team...led the WNBA in minutes per game (35.8) and ranked seventh in assists per game (4.4)…led the team in assists 20 times, scoring nine times and rebounding five times…scored in double figures 21 games, including eight 20-plus point games…scored a career-high 31 points to go along with 9 rebounds in 5 assists at Sacramento on 7/24…finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists vs. New York on 7/29…posted back-to-back 20-plus point games to close out the season (20 at Minnesota on 8/20 and 22 at Detroit on 8/21).

USA Basketball Experience: USA Basketball Experience: Selected to the 2004 USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team that will represent the United States in the 2004 Athens Olympics…was a member of the 2002 USA Basketball Team that won gold medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championships…voted to the 2002 All-FIBA World Championship Team…selected as an alternate on the 2000 USA Olympic and 1998 USA World Championship teams…helped USA Basketball teams capture gold medals at the 1997 World University Games, 1996 R. William Jones Cup and the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival, in addition to earning a bronze medal at the 1995 Jones Cup…was a member of the 1998 and 199 USA Basketball Senior National Teams.

Other Professional Experience: 2003-04: Spent the off-season playing for Dynamo Moscow in the FIBA Europe Cup, averaging 18.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists…2001-02: Spent the off-season playing for Valencia in Spain…2000-01: Played for Ros Casares in Spain during the off-season…1996-99: Played three seasons for the Columbus Quest of the ABL…ranked sixth in the ABL in scoring (15.1 ppg) and tied for eighth in assists (3.9 apg) during the 1998-99 season…named to the 1998 ABL Eastern Conference All-Star Team…won two consecutive ABL championships with Columbus in 1997 and 1998…ranked first in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.479) and seventh in assists (3.8 apg) during the 1996-97 season.

College: Spent four years at the University of South Carolina…ranked second among NCAA Division I players in scoring averaging 24.7 points per game in 1996…was a Kodak Honorable Mention in 1996…named First Team All-SEC in 1994, 1995 and 1996…finished her collegiate career as the Gamecocks all-time leader in free throws made (478) and attempted (680)…ranks second in school history in scoring (2,230) and three-point field goal percentage (.387)…owns the Gamecocks record for most points in a game with 50 against Appalachian State on 1/31/96...has been inducted into the University of South Carolina Hall of Fame.


Personal

  • Full name, Shannon Regina Johnson
  • Second oldest of six children
  • Became interested in basketball in the seventh grade
  • Participated in T-Mac Bowl in 2002 which benefited the Special Olympics
  • Served on the Board of Directors for 2001 Osceola Wish Foundation
  • Considers former Minnesota coach Brian Agler to be an inspiration to her career
  • Has three sisters, Stacey, Shaquetta and Shquanda Bennett, and two brothers, Sanquan and Savion Bennett
  • Daughter of Jo-Ann Bennett
  • Enjoys playing PlayStation, cooking, playing pool, dancing and barbecuing on the grill in her spare time
  • Also plays volleyball and flag football
  • Favorite music is R&B
  • Collard greens and hog maws are her favorite foods
  • Has two dogs, Scottie and Misty
  • Nickname is “Pee Wee,” given to her in the sixth grade because she was smallest player on the volleyball team
  • Would like to own her own business, possibly a restaurant after her basketball career is over.

  • Career Transactions

    Selected by the Columbus Quest in the 8th round (No. 61 overall) in the 1996 ABL Draft on June 19, 1996... signed by the WNBA and allocated to the Orlando Miracle/ Connecticut Sun on May 3, 1999... traded, along with the Sun's 21st and 34th overall draft picks in the 2004 WNBA Draft, to the San Antonio Silver Stars in exchange for the 4th, 16th, and 29th overall picks in the 2004 WNBA Draft... signed as a free agent by the Detroit Shock on March 6, 2007... signed as a free agent by the Houston Comets on March 7, 2008.

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