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Category: WNBA Playoffs
August 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

VIDEO: Elena Delle Donne, Courtney Vandersloot advance to conference Finals

Elena Delle Donne hits game-winner PHOTO: John Bazemore, AP You knew it was going to happen. Elena Delle Donne is too incredible of a talent to not wash over a game like a tidal wave in attempt to lead her Chicago to a win. But, as Atlanta coach Michael Cooper said afterward, she could do…

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Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, TV Alert, Video | Topics: Briann January, Courtney Vandersloot, Elena Delle Donne

August 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

TV Alert: National broadcast for WNBA playoffs opening round

Here’s the TV schedule for the WNBA playoffs. The Storm did not advance and will be in the draft lottery for the first time since the 2004 draft. Where Seattle will pick in April will be decided on Thursday during halftime of Washington’s matchup against Indiana at 4pm (PT) on ESPN2.     National                                                    Local  …

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August 18, 2014 at 6:29 AM

VIDEO: Seattle ends season with a loss to Phoenix at KeyArena

Storm G Sue Bird bows head in frustration PHOTO: BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES Seattle was rushed into the offseason earlier than imaged. Phoenix won, 78-65, at KeyArena in Sunday’s regular-season finale, clinching the WNBA-record for most wins in a season (29) and shooting percentage (48.4). The Mercury hosts Los Angeles on Friday in…

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Comments | More in Storm, WNBA Draft | Topics: Diana Taurasi

August 13, 2014 at 8:04 AM

VIDEO: Los Angeles clinched WNBA playoff berth, Tulsa is out

Kristi Toliver saved a drama-filled Los Angeles season by nailing five three-pointers to help the Sparks clinch a playoff berth on Tuesday. LA won at Minnesota, 71-63, to seal the spot and effectively eliminate Tulsa (12-20). “We’re a playoff team and we wanted to do our own work,” said Toliver, who tied a career-high in scoring…

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Comments | More in Video | Topics: Maya Moore

August 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

VIDEO: Sue Bird outplays Skylar Diggins to help Seattle beat Tulsa

Cue the Bee Gees cause the Storm (12-20) is staying alive in the playoff hunt. All-star point guard Sue Bird shined, finishing with 22 points, making 4 of 6 three-pointers, to help Seattle win, 74-68, against Tulsa on Sunday. Seattle guard Tanisha Wright made the late defensive stops against Shock all-star PG Skylar Diggins to seal…

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Comments | More in Storm, Video | Topics: Shekinna Stricklen, Sue Bird, Tanisha Wright

July 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Former Lincoln High star Alex Montgomery helps New York win

New York F Alex Montgomery defends Storm PG Temeka Johnson PHOTO: DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times Former Lincoln High star Alex Montgomery returned to her native area as a starter for New York against Seattle on Thursday at KeyArena. Montgomery, a fourth-year wing, played off the bench her first three seasons in the WNBA….

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Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, TV Alert, WNBA | Topics: Alex Montgomery

July 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Mailbag: Why didn’t Storm guard Noelle Quinn play?

Storm G Noelle Quinn PHOTO: Seattle Storm One sign a season is spiraling downward is sudden changes in lineups and rotation patterns. Storm coach Brian Agler did that Tuesday in a matchup against Phoenix at KeyArena. He swapped F Alysha Clark for F Shekinna Stricklen in the starting lineup, the latter’s first start of the…

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Comments | More in Mailbag, Storm | Topics: Brian Agler, Noelle Quinn, Shekinna Stricklen

July 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Poll: Which game played in Seattle would you most want a ticket for?

The Storm won it’s 2004 WNBA championship at KeyArena before a sold-out crowd of 17,072 for Games 2 and 3 against Connecticut. Most in the crowd were walk-ups, the facility holding 9,686 for regular-season games. The place roared for every dazzling Betty Lennox shot and a mass of confetti fell when Seattle won, 74-60. It…

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Comments | More in Polls, Storm | Topics: Seahawks

November 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Storm 2013 Exit Interviews: Tianna Hawkins and Joslyn Tinkle learn from veterans

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Storm rookies Joslyn Tinkle (L) and Tianna Hawkins enjoy a night out with teammates
PHOTO: Courtesy of Tina Thompson’s Instagram account

Series Note: The Storm was swept in the opening-round of the WNBA playoffs by Minnesota on Sept. 22. Game 2 was played at the Tacoma Dome due to a scheduling conflict at the team’s KeyArena court by one of its sponsors, Microsoft. Minnesota went on to win the WNBA championship as Seattle players dispersed to offseason destinations the following days after holding exit interviews with coaches and the media. This series will feature conversations from the 11-player roster.

The WNBA offseason won’t feel as long given news the league should generate on the business side. The league’s collective-bargaining agreement expired Sept. 30 and a new agreement will need to be in place before free-agency can open as tentatively slated in February. The 2014 WNBA schedule likely will be moved up to accommodate for the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Turkey from Sept. 27-Oct. 5.

Storm-wise, the team could remain the same in 2014. Here’s a conversation with rookies Tianna Hawkins and Joslyn Tinkle. Hawkins, 22, had a typical rookie season. The No. 6 overall draft pick, she was challenged by coach Brian Agler to earn her minutes in practice and had a few standout games for the Storm. She scored a career-high 17 points with four rebounds in a loss to Tulsa in June and contributed 13 points with six rebounds in a win against Phoenix in August. Hawkins was inconsistent in learning Agler’s system and didn’t play in Game 2 of the playoff loss. Tinkle, 22, a was a late add due to foot surgery after a standout career at Stanford. A 6-foot-3 post, she earned a spot on the playoff roster but only appeared in six regular-season games and two minutes in Game 1 of the postseason.

Seattle Times: What did you think of your rookie season?

Hawkins: It was a great season, just being part of a special team. Going into the season people had shaky predictions of how well we were going to do in the season. Just to make it to the playoffs and also be part of a special team has been great.

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October 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Storm 2013 Exit Interviews: All-Star Sue Bird returns to play after offseason knee surgery

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Storm All-Star Sue Bird shots a layup
PHOTO: Courtesy of UMMC Yekaterinburg

Series Note: The Storm was swept in the opening-round of the WNBA playoffs by Minnesota on Sept. 22. Game 2 was played at the Tacoma Dome due to a scheduling conflict at the team’s KeyArena court by one of its sponsors, Microsoft. Minnesota went on to win the WNBA championship as Seattle players dispersed to offseason destinations the following days after holding exit interviews with coaches and the media. This series will feature conversations from the 11-player roster.

The WNBA offseason won’t feel as long given news the league should generate on the business side. The league’s collective-bargaining agreement expired Sept. 30 and a new agreement will need to be in place before free-agency can open as tentatively slated in February. The 2014 WNBA schedule likely will be moved up to accommodate for the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Turkey from Sept. 27-Oct. 5.

Storm-wise, the team could remain the same in 2014. Here’s a conversation with PG Sue Bird, who missed the WNBA season along with  C Lauren Jackson (hamstring) due to offseason knee surgery. Bird, who turned 33 in October, returned to play with her Russian team, UMMC Yekaterinburg, on Oct. 15. She played 25 minutes and finished with 16 points and six assists in the team’s 87-64 Premier League debut at Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Bird has played three games overall to date, one in the Russian Cup series, to average 13 points and 3.7 assists. She’s teaming with former Storm posts Ann Wauters and Eva Kobryn on a stacked roster. You can catch the promo video below. Bird didn’t play the WNBA season but counted on the roster and was paid her WNBA-maximum salary in order to rehabilitate her injury through the organization with first-year Storm strength and conditioning coach Susan Borchardt. This conversation with Bird is bits and pieces throughout the season as well as before she left for Russia, so it’s extremely long. It may take the entire offseason to read. But first, that promo video:

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Comments | More in Olympics, Overseas Hoops, Storm | Topics: Sue Bird, UConn

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