Johnson Named WNBA All-Star

Tennessee's Glory Johnson, right, shoots in front of DePaul's Kelsey Reynolds. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Knoxville, Tenn. -- (UT Sports) After a vote by the league’s head coaches, Glory Johnson is headed back to the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game.

The Tennessee alum and third-year player for the Tulsa Shock will make her second-straight appearance in the contest and becomes the third former Lady Vol set to appear in Phoenix on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. ESPN will have the telecast.

Johnson will join UT legends Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker, who previously were voted as starters by the fans, in the game for the second year in a row. She joins the Los Angeles Sparks’ Parker in representing the Western Conference, while Catchings will represent the Indiana Fever on the Eastern Conference squad.

Johnson is averaging 14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 32.5 minutes per game, and she is shooting 45.6 percent from the field in 21 games played in 2014. Johnson has scored in double figures in 17 out of 21 games this season, including earning 10 double-doubles, and ranks fourth in the league in rebounding and 13th in scoring.

The 2011 regular-season WNBA MVP and MVP of the 2012 WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile, Catchings has been voted as a starter for all nine All-Star contests played since her first active season in the WNBA (2002). Despite missing the first 17 games this season due to injury, Catchings was the fourth-leading vote-getter for the Eastern Conference with 13,939.

Parker, the 2013 regular-season MVP and MVP of the 2013 Boost Mobile All-Star Game, was picked to start for the third time in her career. She collected 23,555 votes to rank second in the Western Conference and fourth overall.

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