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Katrina McClain Johnson

Katrina McClain
File:Katrina McClain in 1985 Final Four.jpg
College Georgia
Conference SEC
Sport Basketball
Position Forward
Jersey # 32
Career 1984–1987
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Nationality American
Born (1965-09-19) September 19, 1965 (age 54)
Charleston, South Carolina
High school St. Andrews High School
1986 All-American
1987 All-American
1987 National Player of the Year
1988 USA Basketball’s Female Athlete of the Year
1992 USA Basketball’s Female Athlete of the Year
2006 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Katrina McClain Johnson
Medal record
Women's basketball
Competitor for the 23x15px United States
World University Games
Gold medal – first place 1985 Kobe Team competition
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Team competition
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona Team competition
FIBA World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1986 Moscow Team competition
Gold medal – first place 1990 Malaysia Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Sydney Team competition
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1987 Indianapolis Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Havana Team competition

Katrina McClain Johnson (born September 19, 1965) is a retired American basketball player. She played for the University of Georgia, as well as many USA Basketball teams including three Olympic teams. Johnson was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Early years

Johnson grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, where she attended St. Andrews High School. In her senior year, she helped lead the team to a 30–0 record, including a state championship.[1]

College years

Johnson began her career at the University of Georgia, where she was a two-time All-American (1986, 1987) and won varsity letters all four years. In her freshman year, she was named to the Freshman All-American team, and was the first ever SEC Freshman of the year. She went on to become the National Player of the Year in 1987. While she was at Georgia, the team won the SEC twice. The team earned invitations to the NCAA Tournament every year in each of her four years, reaching the Sweet Sixteen twice, the Elite Eight once, and finishing as the national runner up in 1985.[2][3][4]

Johnson is the holder of several single season records that still stand:

  • Points (796)
  • Points per game (24.9)
  • Field goals made (310)
  • Free throws made (176)
  • Free throws attempted (240)[3]

Over her four-year career, she hit 62% of her field goal attempts, a school record.[3] In NCAA Tournament games, she holds the record for best field goal shooting percentage, hitting 60 of her 84 attempts in the 12 games she played (1984–1987)[5] In the 1985 NCAA semi-final game against Western Kentucky, she hit 10 of 12 field goal attempts, a record field goal percentage for NCAA semi-final games.[5]

Georgia compiled a record of 116–15 while Johnson was on the team.[6] She ranks second on Georgia’s all-time career charts with 2,195 points (17.6 ppg) and 1,193 rebounds (9.5). Her jersey number (#32) was retired, making one of only three Lady Bulldogs to receive that honor.[6]

USA Basketball

Johnson was a member of eleven USA basketball teams. She holds several records in international competitions including the USA Olympic record for rebounds (66) in a single competition and the USA Goodwill Games competition record for rebounds (54).

World University Games 1985

While a sophomore at Georgia, Johnson was selected for the team to represent the USA at the 1985 World University Games, held in Kobe, Japan. McClain was the leading scorer in the first three games, including a 38 point output in the first game against the People's Republic of Korea, along with 13 rebounds. She would end up leading the team in scoring, with 17 points per game, rebounding, with almost eight per game and blocks with eleven. The team ended up with a 5–1 record, losing to the USSR in the title match. The USA team was down by 18 points at one time, fought back to close the margin, but ended up losing 87–81, to end up with the silver medal.[7]

Goodwill Games 1986

Johnson was selected to represent the USA at the inaugural Goodwill Games, held in Moscow in July 1986. North Carolina State's Kay Yow served as head coach. The team opened up with a 72–53 of Yugoslavia, and followed that with a 21 point win over Brazil 91–70. The third game was against Czechoslovakia and would be much closer. Johnson was one of the scoring leaders in this game, scoring 12 points to help the USA to a 78–70 victory. The USA faced Bulgaria in the semi-final match up, and again won, this time 67–58. This set up the final against the Soviet Union, led by 7-foot-2 Ivilana Semenova, considered the most dominant player in the world. The Soviet team had a 152–2 record in major international competition over the prior three decades, including an 84–82 win over the USA in the 1983 World Championships. The Soviets held the early edge, leading 21–19 at one time, before the USA went on a scoring run to take a large lead they would never relinquish. The final score was 83–60 in favor of the USA, earning the gold medal for the USA squad. Johnson was the second leading scorer in the finals with 17 points, behind only Cheryl Miller with 18. For the entire event, Johnson averaged eleven points, tied for third leading scorer with Anne Donovan.[8]

World Championship 1986

Johnson continued to represent the USA with National team at the 1986 World Championship, held in Moscow, a month after the Goodwill games in Moscow. The USA team was even more dominant this time. The early games were won easily, and the semifinal against Canada, while the closest game for the USA so far, ended up an 82–59 victory. Johnson was one of the stars of the tournament, scoring a team high 19 points against Czechoslovakia, and a team high 21 points against Hungary. At the same time, the Soviet team was winning easily as well, and the final game pitted two teams each with 6–0 records. The Soviet team, having lost only once at home, wanted to show that the Goodwill games setback was a fluke. The USA team started by scoring the first eight points, and raced to a 45–23 lead, although the Soviets fought back and reduced the halftime margin to 13. The USA went on a 15—1 run in the second half to out the game away, and ended up winning the gold medal with a score of 108–88. Johnson was one of five double-digit scorers in the game.[9]

Pan American Games 1987

Johnson was a member of the USA team at the 1987 Pan American Games held in Indianapolis, Indiana USA. The USA team won their first game easily, then had a closer game against Brazil, winning 84–81. The next game was against Cuba, which again was a close match. The USA team was behind at the half, and trailed by seven in the second half, but came back to win 85–80. The title game was a rematch with Brazil. While Brazil's Hortência Marcari scored 30 points, Johnson matched her output with 30 points of her own, helping the USA win gold with a 111–87 victory. Johnson was the leading scorer (17.8) and rebounder(10) for the USA team.[10]

Olympics 1988

Johnson represented the USA at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. The opening match against Czechoslovakia was not easy, with the USA team trailing at the half, but coming back in the second half to win 87–81. Johnson scored 19 for the USA, second most behind Teresa Edwards. The USA team went on to beat Yugoslavia and China, with Johnson having a 27 point and 13 rebound game against China. The next match was against the USSR, a team the USA had beaten in recent competitions, but never in the Olympics, until this year, when the USA won a "surprisingly easy" game 102–88, with Johnson scoring 26 points, only one fewer than Cynthia Cooper's 27. The gold medal game was a rematch against Yugoslavia, which the USA team won 77–70. Johnson was the leading scorer and rebounder for the team, with 17.6 and 10.4 respectively.[11]

World Championship 1990

Johnson continued her USA representation as a member of the USA National team at the 1990 World Championships, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The team won their opening round games fairly easily, with the closest of the first three games a 27 point victory over Czechoslovakia. Then they faced Cuba, a team that had beaten the USA in exhibition matches only a few weeks earlier. The USA team was losing at halftime, but came back to win 87–78. The USA team found itself behind at halftime to Canada in their next game, but came back to win easily 95–70. After an easy match against Bulgaria, the USA team faced Czechoslovakia again, end achieved an almost identical result, winning 87–59 with Teresa Edwards scoring 23 points, and Johnson scoring 16. In the title match, Johnson was the leading scorer with 23 points, and added nine rebounds, to help the USA team win the gold medal. For the entire event, Johnson was the second leading scorer behind Teresa Edwards, and the leading rebounder on the team.[12]

Goodwill Games 1990

The 1990 Goodwill game were held in Seattle, Washington less than two weeks following the World Championships. The USA team had now won 36 consecutive games in major international competition, and hoped to continue the trend at the Goodwill Games. The team members and coaches on the USA were unchanged. The USA team struggled in its first two games, starting out behind to South Korea before winning, and falling behind to the Soviet team at halftime, before winning 86–78. Johnson was the star of that game scoring 23 points and pulling down 16 rebounds. The team won against Australia and Bulgaria to face the Soviet team for the gold medal. The USA team won the gold medal with an 82–70 win over the Soviet team. Johnson again led the team in rebounds at almost eleven per game, and was second in scoring honors, behind Teresa Edwards.[13]

Pan American Games 1991

Johnson was a member of the USA team invited to the 1991 Pan American Games held in Havana, Cuba. The teams started with a strong performance against Canada, winning 87–70. The next game against Brazil started well, with the USA team jumping out to an 18–3 lead, which they extended to 26–8, but Brazil came back to take a halftime lead. The game was tied at 81 with just over two minutes left. Hortência Marcari scored in the final minute to give Brazil a three-point lead. Johnson responded to bring the margin to one, but Brazil made free throws in the final seconds to secure the 87–84 upset. After beating Argentina easily, the USA team faced the host Cuba team, and won 91–71. That moved both teams to a rematch in the semi-finals, but this time Cuba would prevail. The USA team then went on to beat Canada for the bronze medal. Johnson was the team's leading rebounder, with 8.8 per game, and the second leading scorer, at 15.3 per game, behind Teresa Edwards.[14]

Olympics 1992

Johnson earned a place on the team representing the USA at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. The team started out impressively, scoring 111 points in their opening match against Czechoslovakia, at that time, the most points ever scored by the USA Olympic team. They would best that mark four days later with 114 points against host team Spain. They also had a strong victory over China, winning 93–67, before facing the Unified team. The USA team fell behind by eleven points in the second half, rallied to take a small lead, but could not secure the victory, and ended up with a loss 79–73. The USA team beat Cuba 88–74 to win the bronze medal. Johnson again dominated the boards, leading the team with 9.6 rebounds per game. She scored 11.4 points per game, which was fourth best on the team.[15]

World Championship 1994

Johnson continued her participation on the USA team at the 1994 World Championships. The preliminary rounds were held in Hobart, Tasmania while the final rounds were in Sydney, Australia. Johnson was the leading scorer with 20 points in the first round win over South Korea. The USA team won their first six games before playing Brazil in the semi-final match up. Johnson had one of the most impressive performances in World Championship history, with 29 points and 19 rebounds. However, Brazil's Hortência Marcari also had a great game scoring 32 points, and the final score of 110–107 favored the Brazilian team. The USA team regrouped to beat the host Australia team 100–95 to take home the bronze medal. Johnson led all scores on the USA team with 14.6 points per game and was the teams's leading rebounder, with 11.1 per game.[16]

Olympics 1996

Johnson's final event as a member of the USA team was the 1996 Olympics, held in Atlanta, Georgia USA. The USA team won all their pool play games by large margins, although they were behind Cuba by as much as seven points before Lisa Leslie's 24 points, helped the USA take over the game. The USA victory over Australia featured a record setting 15 assists by Teresa Edwards, while Johnson was the leading scorer with 24 points. Against Japan, Lisa Leslie set a USA Olympic scoring record with 35 points, and Johnson tied a USA scoring record with 16 rebounds. In the final, the USA team faced 7–0 Brazil—a team that had beaten the USA squad in the 1991 Pan Am games and the 1994 World Championships. This time, playing before a home crowd of 32,987, the USA team started out very strong, hitting 71.9 per cent of their field goals leading to an eleven points margin at the half. The USA team scored the first eight points of the second half and won the gold medal 111–87. Johnson was the second leading scorer (behind Lisa Leslie) and the team's leading rebounder.[17]

Professional career

Johnson played professionally internationally for several years and ended her professional career with the Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League (ABL). She was honored as a member of the 1998 ABL All-Star Game Eastern Conference Team.

  • 1989–1991 Kyoto Petroleum (Japan)[6]
  • 1992 Sidis Ancona (Italy)[6]
  • 1993–1995 Valencia (Spain)[6]
  • 1995-1996 Galatasaray (Turkey) [6]

Awards and honors


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  2. ^ "HONORS". UGA Athletics, University of Georgia. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "McClain joins Naismith Hall Of Fame". The Red and Black. Retrieved 29 Oct 2012. 
  4. ^ "Katrina McClain". Washington Post. 4 January 1996. Retrieved 29 Oct 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Nixon, Rick. "Official 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Records Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Porter p. 299
  7. ^ "THIRTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1985". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "FIRST WOMEN'S GOODWILL GAMES -- 1986". USA Basketball. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "TENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1986". USA Basketball. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "TENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1987". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  11. ^ "Games of the XXIVth Olympiad -- 1988". USA Basketball. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "ELEVENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1990". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "SECOND WOMEN'S GOODWILL GAMES -- 1990". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "ELEVENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1991". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  15. ^ "Games of the XXVth Olympiad -- 1992". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "TWELFTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1994". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "Games of the XXVIth Olympiad -- 1996". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "PAST HONDA SPORTS AWARD WINNERS FOR BASKETBALL". THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Katrina McClain Johnson". WBHOF. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  20. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  21. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2012" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. April 2, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 


  • David L. Porter, ed. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-30952-6. 

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