- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Glory Johnson says her twin daughters are out of the hospital and back home with her after they were born premature last fall.

“They’re both doing well,” the former WNBA All-Star said Sunday at a basketball camp she was conducting with former Tennessee men’s basketball player Bobby Maze. “There are no issues, no signs of any deficits or anything like that, so they’re doing great.”

Johnson said she was 24 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to her twins - Ava Simone and Solei Diem - on Oct. 12. Johnson said Ava Simone has been home for about two weeks and Solei Diem came home nearly a week ago. Solei Diem had to stay in the hospital longer to undergo laser eye surgery.

When they were born, one weighed 1 pound, 9 ounces, and the other weighed 1 pound, 7 ounces. Johnson said their weights dropped to 1 pound, 4 ounces, and 1 pound, 3 ounces at one point.

“It was a 50-50 chance - it was either they’re going to survive or they won’t,” the Dallas Wings forward said. “They didn’t think both were going to survive, definitely. And they’re both healthy, fine, no signs of any disorders or anything like that. It’s great.”

Johnson said Ava Simone now is up to 7 pounds, 6 ounces, while Solei Diem is at 6 pounds, 13 ounces.

“I was 8 pounds, 11 ounces, when I was born,” Johnson said. “When they reach that 8-pound, 11-ounce mark, I’m going to be extremely excited.”

Johnson has said that she was impregnated via in vitro fertilization with her egg and a donor’s sperm. She married fellow WNBA player Brittney Griner in May, and the Phoenix Mercury center filed for an annulment after Johnson announced she was pregnant.

The annulment was denied. Johnson said she and Griner went through mediation but that the situation is still being resolved in the court system.

Johnson sat out this past WNBA season while pregnant but said she is working out again and intends to return this season. She still has a seven-game suspension to serve once she returns to the league for her domestic violence arrest.

“I’m pretty much going to do whatever my team needs me to do,” Johnson said. “I’ll be there practicing with them and helping them get better until I can play.”

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