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August 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

VIDEO: Seattle Storm beats Atlanta, spoils Shoni Schimmel’s homecoming

Seattle (11-20) played one of its best games of the season on Thursday at KeyArena to stay alive in the postseason hunt. My game story about the 88-68 win against Atlanta is mostly about rookie Shoni Schimmel’s return to the Northwest. Here’s highlights and some good stats that didn’t fit: GAME HIGHLIGHTS The 29-point Storm…

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April 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Storm guards Sue Bird and Temeka Johnson play each other for Russian title

Storm point guards Sue Bird and Temeka Johnson will lead their Russian teams against each other for the domestic league’s championship. Bird’s UMMC Ekaterinburg swept Dynamo Moscow (Lindsay Whalen, Kristi Toliver) in a best-of-three semifinal series to advance. Bird had 12 points and nine assists in the Game 2 win. Phoenix All-Star Diana Taurasi…

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October 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Storm 2013 Exit Interviews: Point guard Temeka Johnson enters the fold

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Storm PG Temeka Johnson (2)
PHOTO: Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

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 Western Conference 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 Temeka Johnson, who took on running the offense as franchise leader PG Sue Bird (knee) and go-to C Lauren Jackson (hamstring) rehabilitated offseason surgeries. Johnson, 31, quickly grew comfortable with coach Brian Agler’s system as the season progressed. She teamed with G Tanisha Wright in the backcourt to average 10.2 points and 4 assists, shooting a career-best 87.5 percent from the foul line. Johnson missed two games as a precautionary measure to rest her right ankle.

Seattle Times: Everyone wants to win, but you were one of the ones happy about the season, right?

Johnson: Absolutely. The way we ended the season was great. We left our heart out there. We competed. We played to our potential, if not better. We just gave it everything we had and I couldn’t have asked to be part of a better group or end with a better group of women. This season, everybody expected us to do nothing. We believed in ourselves, so we’re not surprised by anything.

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October 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Storm 2013 Exit Interviews: Nancy Darsch will not return to Seattle

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Courtesy of Storm PG Temeka Johnson

One week after Minnesota swept Seattle in the opening round of the 2013 WNBA playoffs, PG Temeka Johnson woke up to a tropical view for Day 1 of her vacation. Storm fans were in Day 2 of a deluge to begin the long WNBA offseason.

Johnson played a critical part in the Storm’s 2013 season. She took on the starting role, replacing All-Star Sue Bird as the head of Seattle’s offense. A WNBA champion and 2005 Rookie of the Year, Johnson led the Storm to 17-17 record as Bird rehabilitated from a knee injury. It was a tricky season featuring six new faces but all were at Day 1 of training camp and none suffered major injuries in experiencing what all defined as the best season of their careers.

While predicting team chemistry is as futile as diagramming weather in the Pacific Northwest, the 2014 Storm roster should feature multiple familiar faces. The highlight obviously being the return of Bird and C Lauren Jackson, a three-time WNBA MVP whose contract was suspended after offseason hamstring surgery. The Storm will be without WNBA legend Tina Thompson, however, due to retirement.

In the upcoming days I’ll share some parting thoughts from the players and coaching staff. It’s not as in-depth as the 2013 exit interviews series due to an illness I opted not to share with the organization. Up first is assistant coach Nancy Darsch, who won’t be returning to the Storm in 2014. Darsch, 61, was hired by Storm coach and general manager Brian Agler in 2008 and primarily developed the post players. She also split comprising scouting reports with assistant coach Jenny Boucek.

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August 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Storm guard Temeka Johnson, former Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot giving back

#MeekFAWWNBA players are known for their giving nature, most starting foundations despite seemingly not earning enough to give as they do. Storm PG Temeka Johnson is the latest to dote on the public in a rare move. She already has the H.O.P.E foundation that works to inspire communities, this week Johnson is using social media to show fans her appreciation.

A nine-year WNBA veteran who won a championship with Phoenix, Johnson will host her own “Fan Appreciation Week” beginning Monday through Friday, using different social media platforms, to give her the opportunity to give back to her fans that have supported her throughout her career. According to her agent, “it’s a simple gesture which goes a long way in maintaining and building her popularity and releasing her new and improved website TemekaJohnson.com.”

Beginning at 6pm (PT) on Monday, Johnson will hold art contests, live chats and giveaways. A schedule is below and fans are encouraged to use the Twitter hastag #MeekFAW to participate with Johnson.

“This past season had a lot of ups and downs but the one thing I could count on was all the support from you guys!” Johnson said of her following. “I have the most passionate, enthusiastic and creative fans ever and this week I want to take the time to thank you guys for everything you do for me!!”

Storm Twitter Takeover
A live Q&A via the Storm’s Twitter account Monday from 6 pm-7 pm PST

Meek Book Cover Artwork Contest
Design your best book cover featuring “Meek” that you, your family and friends created. Five (5) individuals will win a signed book, written by Temeka Johnson. Winners will be announced through Twitter and Instagram.
Your book may possibly be the next cover for Temeka’s next book. You never know, so put your talent and creativity to work.
Tuesday (8/13)

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