The Seattle Storm has signed veteran guards Temeka Johnson and Noelle Quinn to free agent contracts, Head Coach & General Manager Brian Agler announced today. The Storm roster now stands at 11 players as Agler recently announced that veterans Lauren Jackson and Ann Wauters would not play the 2013 season in Seattle.
Johnson, a 5-3 guard out of LSU, was a first round draft pick (sixth overall) in the 2005 WNBA Draft. In her nine seasons, she has earned a WNBA championship, with the Phoenix Mercury in 2009, and was named Rookie of the Year in her first season, with the Washington Mystics. Johnson spent the 2012 season with Tulsa and started 28 of 29 games for the Shock.
Johnson has career averages of 8.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. She is approaching the 2,000-point plateau, with 1,922 points over her eight year career. Johnson spent three seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks (2006-08) and three with the Mercury (2009-11).
“Temeka has proven to be one of the best point guards in the WNBA,” said Agler. “She
is a fierce competitor, a great leader and has excellent point guard skills at both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Temeka really gained our respect by how she has played against us over the years.”
“I am extremely excited to be joining such a quality organization,” Johnson added. “Seattle has such talented players, an experienced and dedicated coaching staff and of course, some of the best fans in the WNBA.”
A 6-0 guard out of UCLA, Quinn is a six-year veteran who most recently played with Washington. She played in all 30 games and averaged 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game for the Mystics in 2012. Quinn spent her first two seasons with Minnesota followed by another three with Los Angeles. She has career averages of 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds.
“Noelle is a very versatile perimeter player with size,” said Agler, “and she is one of the most skilled in the WNBA. We have admired Noelle’s ability over the years and believe she is a great fit for the Seattle Storm. We have tried multiple times to acquire Noelle in the past, so are delighted to finally see her as a part of the Storm’s future.”
“I am ecstatic about the opportunity to play for Coach Agler and the Storm,” Quinn added. “Seattle has a rich basketball history with legendary fans and a culture of excellence. I look forward to being a part of that.”
The Storm opens the 2013 season on the road, at Los Angeles, May 26. The home opener is June 2 versus Phoenix.