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Temeka Johnson

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CAREER:
WNBA Champion (2009)
2005 WNBA Rookie of the Year Averaging 9.4 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in two seasons with the Mercury, the best two-year span of her career
In 2009, her first season with the Mercury recorded career highs in scoring (9.6 ppg) and rebounding (3.5 rpg) (prev. 9.3 ppg and 3.1 rpg, both set in 2005) while shooting a career-high 41.4 percent from three-point range (6th-WNBA)
Signed with the Storm in February 2013
Acquired by Phoenix from Los Angeles in a sign-and-trade deal in exchange for a 2010 first-round draft pick on March 26, 2009
Was acquired by Los Angeles from Washington along with Murriel Page and fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft for Nikki Teasley and eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft on March 1, 2006
Originally selected by the Washington Mystics with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the 2005 WNBA Draft

2013:
Set a season-high with 23 points at Phoenix on Aug. 23
Reached double-figures in scoring 17 times this season
Handed out a season-high 10 assists on July 7, 2013 at Washington
Started and played in 32 games, missing the other two for injury

2012:
Scored a team high 21 points in the season opener against San Antonio, May 19
Had four steals against Indiana June 23
Scored a season high 26 points in win against New York Sept. 20, going 10-12 from the field
Reached double figures in points 18 times on the season
2012 Averages: 12.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.2 spg, 28.7 mpg in 29 games played

2011:
Averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.4 apg
Played in 30 games
Had a season-high 16 points at Tulsa on August 30

2010:
Started all 34 games for the second-straight season and third time in her career (2005)
Averaged 4.7 assists per game, most since 2006 and eighth most in the WNBA
Recorded three double-doubles, one more than her previous five years combined
Collected 10+ assists three times including back-to-back performances on June 29 and July 1
Tallied a career-high 12 assists June 29 at Atlanta
Ranked seventh in the league with a 2.3 assist/turnover ratio
Scored a career-high 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting (.625) August 13 at Indiana
Scored in double figures 15 times
Re-signed with the Mercury on April 16

2009:
WNBA champion (2009)
Was one of four players to start all 34 games
Recorded career highs in scoring (9.6 ppg) and rebounding (3.5 rpg) (prev. 9.3 ppg and 3.1 rpg, both set in 2005)
Averaged 4.6 assists per game (T-5th-WNBA)
Shot a career-high 41.4 percent from three-point range (6th-WNBA)
Shot 44.5 percent from the field (29th-WNBA), the best she’s shot since 2005 (.458)
Posted 10+ points and 5+ assists nine times
Posted 15+ points and 5+ assists three times
Recorded 10+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists four times
Led the team in assists a team-high 13 times
Dished 5+ assists a team-high 17 times
Phoenix was 15-2 in 2009 when Meek dished at least five assists
Hit a game-winning bucket at the buzzer on July 11 at SAC
Acquired from L.A. in a sign-and-trade deal in exchange for a 2010 first-round draft pick on March 26, 2009

2008:
In her third season in Los Angeles, appeared in 23 games for the Sparks, starting eight of them Posted averages of 4.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 17.1 minutes per game
Ranked 12th in the league in assist per turnover (1.92)
Posted 11 points on 5-11 shooting in 31 minutes (all season highs) at Connecticut on July 24, 2008
Recorded double-digits in scoring four times
Dished five-plus assists six times
Appeared in all six of the Sparks’ postseason contests (zero starts)
Posted playoff averages of 8.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 19.2 minutes per game

2007:
Missed 23 games, mostly due to injury, but started all 11 games she appeared in
Averaged 6.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 18.7 minutes per game
Scored 11 points while dishing a team-high seven assists in a season-high 27 minutes at Detroit on July 29, 2007
Contributed 10 points and a season-high seven rebounds at New York two days later on July 31, 2007
Recorded a season-high 13 points vs. Washington on August 9, 2007

2006:
Was acquired from Washington along with Murriel Page and fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft for Nikki Teasley and eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft on March 1, 2006
Ranked second in the WNBA in assists (5.0 apg), third in total assists (161) and 13th in total steals (47)
In sophomore season, averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 25.3 minutes
Started 30 of the 32 games in which she appeared
Shot a career-high 80.0 percent from the free throw line (48-60)
Tied career-high assists with 11 and scored 4 points in 36 minutes at Seattle on May 21, 2006
Scored a season-high 19 points, dished out 6 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes vs. Detroit on June 7, 2006
Started five games for the Sparks in the 2006 postseason, averaging 9.2 points and 4.8 assists in 28.0 minutes per game

2005:
2005 WNBA Rookie of the Year
Was selected by the Washington Mystics with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the 2005 WNBA Draft
Ranked second in WNBA in assist average (5.2 apg)
Started all 34 games as a rookie for the Washington Mystics
Recorded career-highs in scoring (9.3 ppg), rebounding (3.1 rpg), assists (5.2 apg), field goal percentage (.458) and minutes (28.6 mpg)
Recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and a team-high 11 assists vs. New York on June 1, 2005
Posted a career-high 21 points vs. Indiana on June 18, 2005
In her first career start, played 26 minutes and scored 10 points while adding three assists and three steals against Charlotte on May 21, 2005
In a 33-minute performance versus New York on August 23, 2005, was 4-for-4 from the line while adding 11 points, four rebounds and a team-high five assists
In 31 minutes at Los Angeles on July 19, 2005, dropped 11 points, four rebounds, a game-high seven assists and two steals

COLLEGE:
AP All-American Second Team (2005)
USBWA All-American (2005)
AP All-American Honorable Mention (2004, 2003, 2002)
All-SEC First Team (2005, 2004)
All-SEC Third Team (2003)
SEC Tournament MVP (2003)
SEC All-Tournament Team (2003, 2002)
Broke LSU’s career assist record, single-season record and tied her own single-game assist mark in the 2003-04 season

Personal

Owns a house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has a horse, Dreamer, and a dog, Max
Founded and runs the charitable organization, Heaven Open People’s Eyes (HOPE), which provides an outlet for those in need
Initiated the Jewel Johnson Education Scholarship for those looking to pursue a career in education
Honored by Kenner, La., with Temeka Johnson Day - April 16, 2011
Selected as the inaugural athlete for UNCF's Athlete Ambassador program, promoting education initiatives for youth
Adopted schools in Kenner, La., Baton Rouge, La., and New Orleans, La.
Author of the children's book series, Meek Moments, with its first title, “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions”, published in August 2010
Nickname: Meek

Career Transactions

  • Acquired by the Tulsa Shock from the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Andrea Riley - January 12, 2012
  • Re-signed with the Mercury on April 16, 2010
  • Acquired by Phoenix from Los Angeles in a sign-and-trade deal in exchange for a 2010 first-round draft pick on March 26, 2009
  • Selected by Washington in first round (sixth overall) of the WNBA Draft, April 16, 2005
  • Traded by Washington with Murriel Page to Los Angeles for G Nikki Teasley, March 1, 2006.