Catching up with Temeka Johnson
Temeka Johnson recently finished her first season in Seattle, starting all 32 regular-season games. She averaged 10.2 points per game and 4.0 assists per game in a Storm uniform.
She is spending her overseas season competing with Nadezhda Orenburg alongside WNBA players Glory Johnson (Tulsa) and DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix). Through the team’s first five games, Johnson is starting at point guard and averaging 8.8 points, 3.0 assists and 26.0 minutes per game.
Adding to the already intense demands of the EuroLeague schedule, Johnson has recently enrolled at Louisiana State University’s MBA program. Johnson graduated from LSU in 2005 with a degree in general studies but is looking to continue her education in the MBA program.
Q&A with Temeka
No stranger to overseas play – what makes this season different on and off the court?
I am no stranger to overseas play; I have been doing it for a while now. This season is a little different for me though. I say that because my plate is a little bit more full than usual. I usually take the overseas time to work on one of my books but this season I have started working on my MBA through a program at Louisiana State University (LSU). That has kept me extremely busy, on top of traveling, practice and playing games twice a week.
Note: Temeka is the author of two books available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Anything in your game you are working on improving?
As for working on my game, I always try to get better in every area. Right now, I’m especially focusing on leading and controlling the game and tempo while on the court.
Anyone you’re excited to play against this season in Russian League or EuroLeague?
Here in Russia this year it is like a mini WNBA All-Star experience and that includes some Olympic-level players. The level of competition is extremely high so that's a plus. As for the EuroLeague, every game is a good one for me because of the competition we face night in and night out.
What is it like playing with ex-Mercury teammate DeWanna Bonner and also Tulsa’s Glory Johnson?
It is so good playing with both DeWanna and Glory. It is definitely a lot of fun and the talent I'm sure I don't have to mention. Those two are very talented and some great competitors. I am glad to be back on the same team with them.
Favorite things to do off the court? Any favorite places to eat?
My favorite thing to do off the court is my homework, because I have so many deadlines. The best thing to eat in my opinion is Borscht, one of their popular soups here in Russia.
Take us through your typical day at home.
My days here are pretty set in routine. We have two practices a day, and in between each one I am working on my schoolwork. The culture here is very different but it's not bad at all. I have learned that you have to try to adjust to their culture instead of looking at it like it's wrong or different because it's just not what we are use to. It seems very cold and not accepting at first, but then after getting to know it things change and you get used to it. The facilities here are nice and not very different from the ones at home. Overall it is a pretty good place.