Weatherspoon joins Johnson in New York Liberty Ring of Honor

RUSTON – Teresa Weatherspoon and Vickie Johnson formed one of the most formidable one-two punches in the WNBA during the six years they played together for the New York Liberty.

During their time together with the Liberty, Weatherspoon and Johnson helped lead the franchise to three WNBA championship appearances in 1997, 1999 and 2000.

Both former Kodak All-Americans during the collegiate playing days at Louisiana Tech, the dynamic duo were honored this month as they were inducted into the New York Liberty Ring of Honor during ceremonies held at the Prudential Cen-ter.

Johnson was the first of the five Liberty inductees (Kym Hampton and Sue Wicks are also being inducted while the fans are currently voting for the fifth member) as she was recognized during a ceremony held at halftime of New York’s 81-75 win over San Antonio on July 1.

“Playing in New York was incredible,” said Johnson, who played in New York for nine seasons while becoming the first WNBA player to ever reach 3,000 points scored. “The fans and organization always supported me. What I did didn’t always show up in the stats, but the fans appreciated what I did day in and day out. I feel deep down that I’ll always be a part of the New York Liberty.”

This past weekend, Johnson was joined by her backcourt partner as Weatherspoon’s name and number were unveiled in the Ring of Honor during the Liberty’s 88-57 win over Tulsa.

“I never played this game for accolades; I played because I loved it,” Weatherspoon said during the ceremony. “It was my passion and my gift. Never once as a little kid growing up in a town of 882 people did I dream of playing in New York. I want to thank the Liberty for allowing me to be a part of this organization.

“I’m forever a New Yorker. New York will forever be wrapped around my finger and heart, and now I see I’m forever wrapped around yours.”

During her time with the Liberty, Weatherspoon started 220 straight games and was a five-time WNBA All-Star, a four-time all-WNBA second teamer and the two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.

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