Glory Johnson

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Glory Johnson
Glory Johnson 83.JPG
Johnson in 2013.
No. 25 – Dallas Wings
Position Power forward
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1990-07-27) July 27, 1990 (age 26)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Webb School (Knoxville, Tennessee)
College Tennessee (2008–2012)
WNBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Tulsa Shock
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Tulsa Shock / Dallas Wings
2012–2013 Chevakata Vologda
2013–2015 Nadezhda Orenburg
2016–2017 Xinjiang Tiashan Deers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Glory Johnson (born July 27, 1990)[1] is an American basketball forward for the Dallas Wings of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she went to Webb School Of Knoxville[2][3] and played collegiately for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols.


Johnson enrolled at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2008. She recorded 36 double-doubles over the course of her college career.

Johnson completed her bachelor's degree in global studies in three years, and earned a master's degree in communications during her fourth year of basketball eligibility.[4]

Tennessee statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008-09 Tennessee 33 335 40.4 - 61.6 7.2 0.6 1.1 0.4 10.2
2009-10 Tennessee 35 354 45.8 100.0 64.8 7.7 1.0 1.3 0.3 10.1
2010-11 Tennessee 37 443 53.4 - 58.6 9.7 1.2 1.4 0.8 12.0
2011-12 Tennessee 36 511 53.8 50.0 63.6 9.9 1.1 1.4 1.1 14.2
Career Tennessee 141 1643 48.8 40.0 61.9 8.6 1.0 1.3 0.7 11.7

USA Basketball[edit]

Johnson played on the team representing the USA at the 2011 World University Games held in Shenzhen, China. The team won all six games to earn the gold medal. Johnson scored 6.2 points per game and had nine steals, tied for second place on the team.[6]

Professional career[edit]


Johnson was selected in the first round of the 2012 WNBA Draft (4th overall) by the Tulsa Shock. In her rookie season, she was ranked fourth in steals per game (a career-high 2.1 spg). In 2013 and 2014, her second and third seasons with the Shock, Johnson was named in the Western Conference All-Star team.[7] Johnson sat out the 2015 WNBA season on a maternity leave after announcing her pregnancy.[8] She returned one month into the 2016 WNBA season after her suspension stemming from her domestic violence incident with Brittney Griner.[9][10] By this time the Tulsa Shock had relocated to Dallas and were renamed the Dallas Wings. Johnson averaged 11.3 ppg in 18 games with 6 starts. Also during her comeback season, she recorded the league's first 20-point, 20-rebound performance of the season in a win against the Phoenix Mercury when she scored 23 points along with a career-high 22 rebounds.[11][12]


From 2012 to 2015, Johnson played three off-seasons in Russia for two different teams; Chevakata Vologda and Nadezhda Orenburg.[13][14] As of November 2016, Johnson signed with the Xinjiang Tiashan Deers of the WCBA for the 2016-17 off-season.[15][16]

WNBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high League leader

Regular season[edit]

Personal life[edit]

On August 14, 2014, it was announced that both Johnson and fellow WNBA player Brittney Griner were engaged.[17][18] On April 22, 2015, both women were arrested for physically attacking each other after police broke up a fight between the two in their Goodyear, Arizona home. Both sustained minor injuries after the incident.[19][20] Nevertheless, the couple stayed together and married on May 8, 2015.[21] It was announced on June 4, 2015 that Johnson was pregnant and that she would miss the 2015 WNBA season.[22] One day later, Griner filed for annulment which was rejected.[23] Johnson gave birth to twin girls in October 2015, 16 weeks premature.[24] Griner has no biological connection to the twins as it was revealed that Johnson had gotten pregnant through IVF treatment using her eggs and a sperm donation.[25] The divorce was finalized in June 2016.[26]


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  11. ^ "Triple-Doubles, Dunks and 20-20 Games - - Official Site of the WNBA". Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  12. ^ "Glory Johnson has 23 points, 22 rebounds in Mercury win". 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  13. ^ "2014 Offseason: Who is Where?". Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
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  17. ^ Nichols, James (15 August 2014). "Brittney Griner Proposes To Girlfriend Glory Johnson". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  18. ^ Silver, Jake (15 August 2014). "WNBA's Brittney Griner Gets Engaged to Former Tennessee Vols Star Glory Johnson". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "WNBA star Brittney Griner arrested on assault and disorderly conduct". Sports Illustrated. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Mercury's Brittney Griner arrested on assault allegations". 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  21. ^ "Brittney Griner Marries Fellow WNBA Star Glory Johnson". US Weekly. May 9, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson Expecting First Child". People. June 4, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  23. ^ "A Day After Announcing Pregnancy, WNBA's Brittney Griner Seeks Annulment from Expectant Wife Glory Johnson". People. June 5, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Glory Johnson Welcomes Twin Daughters Ava Simone and Solei Diem Several Months Premature". People. October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  25. ^ Adam, Black (2016-05-25). "After Winning Child Support from Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson Back To Dating Men". Total Pro Sports. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  26. ^ Spargo, Chris. "Brittney Griner finalizes her divorce from Glory Johnson". Retrieved 2017-03-02.