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HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent Feb. 9, 2005.

CAREER NOTES: Played her 11,000th minute – a league record – on June 13, 2008 versus Seattle… Collected her 4,000th career point at Detroit on July 28, 2008 to become the eighth player in league history to do so… Is also the first person in WNBA history to collect 4,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career… Has played every WNBA season since the inaugural one in 1997…two-time WNBA All-Star (1999,2001)…ranks first all time in the WNBA for games (378) and minutes played (11,693)…also ranks in the top 10 in three other statistical career categories among the league: eighth in points (4,039), seventh in field goals made (1,545) and sixth in assists (1,128)… Spent her first nine professional seasons in New York where she averaged double-figures scoring all but two seasons… Has started all but two of her career 378 games.

FUN FACTS: Is famous for her baked beans at team barbecues… Went on a television cooking show in New York during her Liberty days where she dished up hot wings… Started playing basketball when she was 9-years-old… Loves to go to movies and shop with friends… Has a sandwich, The VJ Classic, named after her at New York’s famous Carnegie Deli… Has played internationally in France, Hungary, Israel and Turkey…. Won the Louisiana State Long Jump title as a high school senior… Is in the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame.

2008: Started 32 games averaging 6.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game… Won the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award following the regular season… Played her 11,000th minute – a league record – on June 13 against Seattle… Picked up a season-best 10 rebounds June 15 at Indiana along with nine rebounds and eight assists… Collected her 4,000th career point at Detroit on July 28 to become just the eighth player in league history to do so… Started all nine playoff games, bringing her career playoff starts total to 50 games… Averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game during the playoffs… Had 13 points, eight assists and three steals at Sacramento on Sept. 18.

2007: Scored in double-figures 14 times and had a double-double vs. Seattle on May 25 with 10 assists and 10 rebounds… Had 19 points and four assists on Aug. 14 at Los Angeles… Scored 13 points at Seattle on June 2… Dished eight assists to go with five rebounds, three steals and three points on July 29 at Seattle… Went a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line on Aug. 15 at Sacramento… Had two or more steals in 14 games…. Missed three games with a strained Achilles from 8/4 to 8/9.

CAREER NOTES: One of only three players in WNBA history to have scored more than 3,000 points, grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds and dished more than 750 assists in her career…one of only seven players in the league to have played every season since the inaugural one in 1997…two-time WNBA All-Star (1999,2001)…ranks first all time in the WNBA for minutes played with 8,950 career minutes…also ranks in the top 10 in three other statistical career categories among the league: ninth in points (3,246), eighth in field goals made (1,244) and sixth in assists (787)

2006: Started all 34 games … became the first WNBA player to play 300 games July 7 vs. Houston … averaged 9.9 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists per game … scored a season-best 25 points vs. Phoenix July 28 … ranked 12th in the league in assists per game (3.6) and 12th in the league in free-throw percentage (.844) … led the team in scoring seven times, rebounds six times, assists 19 times, and steals five times … scored in double-figures 18 times and had two 20-plus point games

2005: Averaged 10.4 points per game in 34 starts…tallied 118 rebounds, 23 steals and two blocked shots…led squad in scoring and rebounding with a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds) at Washington on 6/1…chipped in 21 points against Detroit on 6/12…again led the squad with 18 points at Los Angeles on 7/5 and 20 points at Charlotte on 8/12.

2004: Started in all 34 games averaging 9.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game…scored at least four points in 33 of 34 games…shot .413 from the floor and .886 from the free throw line…finished fourth on the team in free throw percentage…had a season-high 18 points at Seattle on June 24…dished out five or more assists 11 times…scored in double-figures 14 times...started five games in the playoffs, averaging 8.2 points per game and playing a total of 161 minutes…shot .917 (11-12) from the free throw line…ranked second on the team with 22 rebounds (4.4 rpg) and added 16 assists and five steals.

2003: Started 32 of 34 games…missed two games with a strained right calf muscle…marked milestone year finished with career-best 13.4 ppg and career-high field-goal percentage (.358)…scored 2,500th career point on Aug. 12 at the Connecticut Sun, finishing the game with 16 points including four three-pointers…led New York in scoring 15 times including four consecutive games…posted season-high and tied career-high with 27 points against the Charlotte Sting on July 28 as well as hitting a season-high 10 field goals…marked 500th career assist vs. the Sacramento Monarchs on June 17…finished first on team in points per game (13.4 – among active players with 12 or more games played)…ranked second on squad in assists per game (2.3 apg)…dished out season-high six assists, twice…had four or more assists eight times…made at least one three-pointer in 21 games…scored in double-figures in 26 of 32 games…recorded 15 or more points in 14 games, including three 20 or more performances.

2002: Played in 31 of 32 games, starting each one… Averaged 11.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.8 apg … Led team in scoring seven times … Posted double-figures 18 times … Finished season first on team in three-point percentage (.421, second in free-throw percentage (.803) and third in field goal percentage (.456) … Became first Liberty and 11th WNBA player to tally 2000 career points, at Washington on July 13 finishing with 19 points … Shot 3-3 from downtown at Cleveland on June 21 … Dished out at least one assist in 28 of 31 games … Tallied five or more assists five times … Scored season-high 21 points versus Detroit on June 5 … Hit season-high 4-6 from downtown versus Miami on August 2 … Set season-high and tied career-high five offensive rebounds at Los Angeles on May 25… Scored 15 or more points seven times … Ranked 4th in WNBA in three-point field-goal percentage (.421) … Season Highs: Points – 21 vs. Detroit on June 5; Rebounds – 7 at Seattle on May 30; Assists – 6, twice (vs. Minnesota, Aug. 6); Steals – 3, twice (vs. Cleveland, July 22); Blocks – 1, four times (vs. Los Angeles, July 18); FGM – 8 vs. Detroit on June 5; FGA – 18 vs. Detroit on June 5; FTM – 5 at Washington on July 13; FTA – 6, three times (at Charlotte, August 4); Minutes – 39, twice (vs. Minnesota, August 6) … In the Playoffs: Averaged 12.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg … Shot .480 (36/75) from the floor, .519 (14/27) from three-point land and .750 (12/16) from the charity stripe for the playoffs … Led New York in game three of the first round with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists on 8-14 shooting … Combined for 41 points, eight rebounds, seven assists along with making seven shots from downtown in Conference Finals … Tied for team-high 17 points in game two of the WNBA Finals along with tallying four rebounds.

2001: Voted as a starter for the 2001 WNBA All-Star Game, an honor which further establishes her as one of the game’s premier players…New York’s second leading scorer in 2001, averaging 11.0 ppg (30th in WNBA) over 29.3 mpg…Started all 32 games in the regular season…Shot .414 from the field (135-326 FGA)…Season Highs: Points: 23 at Orlando, June 25; Assists: 7 at Phoenix, June 21; Rebounds: 11 at Sacramento, June 19…Led Liberty in scoring seven times, assists three times and rebounds three times…Authored 17 10+ scoring games and two 20+ games…Maintained status as one of the League’s top three-point shooters, going 30-82 (.366) from Downtown (25th in the WNBA in 3PT FG pct.)…Hit three triples in a single game on four separate occassions…All-Star Stuff: For the second time in the three-year existence of the WNBA All-Star Game, VJ was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star squad (first time as a starter). She scored eight points (2-8 FGA, 2-2 FTA, 2-5 from Downtown) with three rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes as the East fell, 80-92, to the Western squad at WNBA All-Star 2001 in Orlando, July 16…Scored 20 points (6-11 FGA, 6-7 FTA, 2-4 from Downtown) in New York’s season opening loss at Miami on May 31…Pulled down season-high 11 rebounds in victory at Sacramento, June 19…Poured in a season-high 23 points (9-15 FGA, 4-8 FTA, 1-2 from Downtown) at Orlando, June 25…Went 9-16 FGA for 19 points, with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in loss to Starzz, July 26. PLAYOFFS: Averaged a team-high 14.8 ppg on .453 shooting (34-75 FGA) with 6-22 (.273) from Downtown over 36.3 mpg in the six games (all starts)…Led Liberty in scoring in four of the six contests, and had one 20+ scoring game…Went a perfect 15-15 from the charity stripe in the playoffs…On final WNBA Playoff Leader board, finished tied for first in FT pct. (1.000), 13th in FG pct. (second best on Liberty to Crystal Robinson), tied for first in steals (with Charlotte’s Andrea Stinson, 13), seventh in total points (89) and fourth in scoring average (14.8 ppg).

2000: Was second on the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg. and rebounding at 4.4 rpg…Also posted 2.5 assists in 33 minutes per game…Played and started in all but one game June 30th against the Indiana Fever…Led the team in scoring 12 times and hit double figures in points 23 times…Scored 20+ points on three occasions…Was New York’s top rebounder on four occasions…Recorded a pair of double-doubles at Detroit June 7th and at Charlotte July 28th…Hit 67-76 (.882) from the line…Shot 143-324 (.441) from the field, including 27-71 (.380) three-point attempts…Scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in New York's win at Detroit June 7…Led New York in scoring in back-to-back games July 12 vs. Charlotte (19 points) and July 14 at Orlando (15 points)…Led all scorers with 18 points on 6-11 from the field vs. the Storm July 19…Hit 6-13 shots and 1-1 from the line for 13 points vs. the Comets July 23...Also grabbed four rebounds and had three assists…Scored a game-high 22 points and added four assists and three rebounds in the Liberty win at Washington July 24...Hit 7-12 from the field and 8-10 from the foul line…Notched her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds at Charlotte July 28...Hit 5-12 from the floor and 4-5 from the line...Handed out two assists…Led all scorers with 20 points on 6-9 shooting from the floor, including 3-4 from Downtown, and 5-5 from the line vs. Charlotte July 31…2000 WNBA PLAYOFFS: Scored at a 10.3 ppg clip during the 2000 Playoffs…Ranked second on the team with five rebounds per contest…Exploded for 20 points and eight rebounds in New York’s Game 1 victory at Washington…Notched a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 10 assists in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Cleveland…Averaged 8.5 points in the WNBA Championship vs. the Comets.

1999: Emerged as one of the Liberty’s premier scorers, starting all 32 games and averaging 13.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.3 apg and 1.4 spg over 33.8 mpg…Recorded one double-double on the season…Led the team in scoring 12 times, assists seven times and rebounds five times…Scored 20+ four times during the ’99 regular season…Recorded her 1000th career point on August 11 at Washington…Was named as a replacement for her injured teammate Rebecca Lobo on the Inaugural WNBA All-Star team…1999 WNBA PLAYOFFS: Averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists while starting all six games of the WNBA Playoffs…Averaged 10.7 points and 3.0 rebounds against the Sting in the Eastern Conference Finals.

1998: Started all 30 games, averaging 12.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.03 steals…Shot .446 from the field, including a .375 three-point percentage (21-56)…Led the team in scoring seven times.

1997: Played in 26 games (25 starts)…Missed two games (7/4 and 7/5) due to a sinus infection…Averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 30.0 minutes…Shot .401 from the field, .190 from beyond the arc and .771 from the line…1997 WNBA PLAYOFFS: Started in both playoff games, averaging 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.

COLLEGE: 1994 NCAA Tournament All-Final Four Team…Kodak and Street & Smith All-America selection in 1995 and 1996…Sun Belt Conference MVP in 1995 and 1996…1995 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year…1996 Louisiana Player of the Year…Scored 1,891 career points and grabbed 831 rebounds…majored in sociology and psychology.


Personal

PERSONAL: Vickie Annette Johnson…nickname is VJ…started playing basketball when she was nine years old… in spare time, likes to go to movies, shop, talk on phone and visit with friends…has three brothers (Edgar, Ronnie and Andy)…after playing days are over, wants to work with kids and encourage them to pursue their dreams…excelled in track and field in high school…enjoys tennis…person she admires most is her mom, Susie.

BIRTHDATE: April 15, 1972

HOMETOWN: Coushatta, La.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coushatta High School


Career Transactions

Selected by the New York Liberty in the second round (12th overall) of the WNBA Elite Draft, February 27, 1997. ...Signed by San Antonio, February 9, 2006.

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