Jan. 8, 2009

Johnson Re-Signs with Silver Stars

SAN ANTONIO – Veteran guard Vickie Johnson will return to San Antonio for her 13th WNBA season in 2009 after signing a free agent contract this week, San Antonio Silver Stars Head Coach and General Manager Dan Hughes announced today. Johnson spent the first nine seasons of her career in New York and the last three in San Antonio. Per team policy terms of the deal have not been released.

“We are thrilled to begin our 2009 signings with Vickie,” said Hughes. “Her play has been an inspiration to this organization and her leadership has been special. V.J.’s versatility on the basketball court is an amazing thing to watch, and we join in with our fans in celebrating another year with her.”

The 36-year-old Johnson is the only player in WNBA history to have tallied more than 4,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in her career. The league’s reigning “Iron Woman,” Johnson has played 378 career games and 11,698 career minutes, more than any other player in the history of the WNBA. She ranks eighth all-time in points (4,039), sixth in assists (1,128) and 17th in rebounds (1,533).

A two-time all-star, Johnson started 32 games for San Antonio in 2008 helping the Silver Stars to their first WNBA Finals appearance. She played her league record 11,000th minute on June 13 against Seattle, and on July 28, she became just the eighth player in league history to score 4,000 career points. Following the regular season, the WNBA honored Johnson with the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award.

Johnson joined the Silver Stars prior to the 2006 season after spending her first nine WNBA seasons with the New York Liberty where she averaged 11.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 31.7 minutes per game. She left New York as the Liberty’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, games played, minutes played, field goals made and attempted, and free throws made and attempted. Johnson helped guide New York to the playoffs six times and to the WNBA Finals on four occasions.