April 15, 1972 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||150 lb (68 kg)|
|Draft||12th overall, 1997
New York Liberty
|New York Liberty (1997–2005)
San Antonio Silver Stars (2006–2009)
Vickie Johnson (born April 15, 1972) is a former basketball player and current assistant coach for the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Johnson grew up in Coushatta, Louisiana. Johnson was a letterman in basketball and track and field. In track and field, she was the Louisiana State Champion on the long jump as a senior.
Vickie Johnson was a two-time All-American and Sun Belt Conference MVP at Louisiana Tech University. She led the Lady Techsters to the 1994 NCAA Championship Game, was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 1995 and earned Louisiana Player of the Year honors in 1996. She finished her career at LA Tech with 1,891 career points and 831 rebounds and was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. She graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1996.
Johnson was selected 12th overall in the second round of the inaugural WNBA Elite draft in 1997, which was composed of professional women's basketball players who had competed in other leagues, usually international leagues.
She was a two-time WNBA allstar and was the first New York Liberty player to record 2000 points.
In June 2005 in honor of Johnson's 3,000 points scored, Sandy Levine, owner of the world-famous Carnegie Deli in Manhattan, created the VJ Classic sandwich, a 3,000 calories (13,000 kJ) belly-busting sandwich.
Johnson ended an eight-year career with the Liberty by signing with the San Antonio Silver Stars on February 9, 2006.
At the start of the 2009 WNBA season, Johson announced that she would retire from play at the end of this season.