Glory Johnson

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Glory Johnson
Glory Johnson Dallas Wings.jpg
Johnson in 2019
No. 25Atlanta Dream
Position Power forward
League Women's National Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1990-07-27) July 27, 1990 (age 32)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight170 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 career2012–present
Career history
20122019 Tulsa Shock / Dallas Wings
2012–2013 Chevakata Vologda
2013–2015 Nadezhda Orenburg
2016–2017Xinjiang Tiashan Deers
2017Canik Belediyespor
2017–2018 Guangdong Dolphins
2018 Hatay BB
2019 Xinjiang Magic Deer
2019–2020 Dynamo Kursk
2020 Atlanta Dream
2020 Sopron Basket
2021 Kayseri Basketbol
2021 Elitzur Ramla
2021–present Beşiktaş
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Summer Universiade
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2011 Shenzhen Team Competition

Glory Bassey Johnson (born July 27, 1990) [1] is an American basketball player for Turkish club Beşiktaş. [2] Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she went to Webb School Of Knoxville [3] [4] and played collegiately for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols. She holds a Montenegrin passport and has represented the Montenegro national team internationally.


College career

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. [5]

College statistics

  GPGames 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 1.0 1.3 0.3 10.1
2010–11 Tennessee 37443 53.4 58.6 9.7 12.0
2011–12 Tennessee 36 51153.850.0 63.6 9.91.1
Career Tennessee 141 1643 48.8 40.0 61.9 8.6 1.0 1.3 0.7 11.7

Source [6]

USA Basketball

Johnson played on the team representing the US at the 2011 Summer Universiade 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. [7]

Professional career


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. [8]

Johnson in 2019 Johnson 20190822.jpg
Johnson in 2019

Johnson sat out the 2015 WNBA season on a maternity leave after announcing her pregnancy. [9]

She returned one month into the 2016 WNBA season after her suspension stemming from her domestic violence incident with Brittney Griner. [10] [11] By this time the Tulsa Shock had relocated to Dallas and were renamed the Dallas Wings, Johnson had re-signed with the team during free agency. [12] Johnson averaged 11.3 ppg in 18 games with 6 starts. Also during her comeback season, she recorded the league's 16th 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. [13] [14]

During the 2017 season, Johnson continued to put double-doubles in rebounds and points which is what she has become statistically known for earlier on in her career. On June 18, 2017, Johnson score a season-high 27 points in an 87–83 win over the Washington Mystics. [15] From July 31 to August 6, Johnson named the Western Conference player of the week. [16] On August 19, 2017, Johnson recorded her 13th double-double of the season, scoring 23 points along with 13 rebounds in a 90–86 win over the Atlanta Dream. [17] During the game, Johnson threw a punch at Dream's point guard Matee Ajavon and served a one-game suspension two days later. [18] The Wings would finish with a 16–18 record and the number 7 seed in the league. In her first career playoff game, Johnson scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a losing effort to the Washington Mystics in the first round elimination game.

In 2018, Johnson had a bit of a challenging season with a couple injuries sidelining her for a few games and causing her to play some games off the bench. She played 29 games with 17 starts and would average career-lows in scoring and rebounding. The Wings would still make the playoffs with a 15–19 record and the 8th seed in the league. They would once again be a first-round exit as they lost to the Phoenix Mercury.


From 2012 to 2015, Johnson played three off-seasons in Russia for two different teams; Chevakata Vologda and Nadezhda Orenburg. [19] [20] As of November 2016, Johnson signed with the Xinjiang Tiashan Deers of the WCBA for the 2016–17 off-season. [21] [22] In August 2018, Johnson signed with Hatay BB of the Turkish League for the 2018–19 off-season. [23]

Personal life

On August 14, 2014, it was announced that Johnson and fellow WNBA player Brittney Griner were engaged. [24] [25] 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 during the incident. [26] [27] Nevertheless, they stayed together and married on May 8, 2015. [28] It was announced on June 4, 2015 that Johnson was pregnant and that she would miss the 2015 WNBA season. [29] One day later, Griner filed for annulment which was rejected. [30] Johnson gave birth to twin girls in October 2015, 16 weeks premature. [31] The twins were conceived by IVF treatment using her eggs and a sperm donation. [32] The divorce was finalized in June 2016. [33]

WNBA career statistics

  GPGames 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

2012 Tulsa 342828.2.482.000.6776.
2013 Tulsa 292830.2.446.333.7478.
2014 Tulsa 333332.4.449.000.7609.
2016 Dallas 18627.9.442.286.7538.
2017 Dallas 333331.0.464.313.7669.
2018 Dallas 291722.5.417.315.7806.
2019 Dallas 281924.1.364.340.5835.
2020 Atlanta 18115.4.373.262.5003.
Career8 years, 2 teams22216527.2.440.311.7287.


2017 Dallas 1136.8.375.000.75014.
2018 Dallas 1122.1.500.333.0005.
Career2 years, 1 team2229.4.409.250.7509.

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