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Seattle Storm
2014 Seattle Storm season
Seattle Storm logo
Conference Western
Founded 2000
History Seattle Storm
(2000–present)
Arena KeyArena
City Seattle, Washington
Team colors Green, Red, White, Gold
                   
Owner(s) Force 10 Hoops LLC
General manager Brian Agler
Head coach Brian Agler
Assistant coaches Jenny Boucek
Nancy Darsch
Championships 2 (2004, 2010)
Conference titles 2 (2004, 2010)
Mascot Doppler
Official website

The Seattle Storm is a professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the 2000 season began. The team is owned by Force 10 Hoops LLC, which is composed of three Seattle businesswomen: Dawn Trudeau, Lisa Brummel, and Ginny Gilder.

The Storm has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in eleven of its fifteen years in Seattle. The franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as former UConn stars Sue Bird and Swin Cash, 2004 Finals MVP Betty Lennox and Australian power forward Lauren Jackson, a three-time league MVP. In 2004 and 2010, the Storm went to the WNBA Finals; they won each time, beating Connecticut in 2004 and Atlanta in 2010.

The team cultivates a fan-friendly, family environment at home games by having an all-kid dance squad, which leads young fans in a conga line on the court during time-outs, to the music of "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" by the Quad City DJ's. Named for the rainy weather of Seattle, the team uses many weather-related icons: the team mascot is Doppler, a maroon-furred creature with a cup anemometer on its head; the theme song for Storm home games is AC/DC's "Thunderstruck"; and its newsletter is called Stormwatch.

The Storm was the sister team of the Seattle SuperSonics until February 28, 2008, when the latter team was sold to an independent ownership group in Seattle.[1]

Franchise history[edit]

A gloomy start (2000–2002)[edit]

The Storm's predecessor was the Seattle Reign, a charter member of the American Basketball League (ABL), operating from 1996 through December 1998, when the league folded. Luckier than most localities that had an ABL team, Seattle was quickly awarded a WNBA franchise and began play less than two years later.

The Seattle Storm would tip off their first season (the 2000 WNBA season) in typical expansion fashion. Coached by Lin Dunn and led by guard Edna Campbell and Czech center Kamila Vodichkova, the team finished with a 6–26 record. The low record, however, allowed the Storm to draft 19-year old Australian standout Lauren Jackson. Though Seattle did not make the playoffs in the 2001 season, Jackson's impressive rookie performance provided a solid foundation for the franchise to build on.

Sue Bird's arrival and the road to the WNBA Finals[edit]

Sue Bird, on offense

In the 2002 draft, the Storm drafted UConn star Sue Bird, filling the Storm's gap at the point guard position. With Bird's playmaking ability and Jackson's scoring and rebounding, the team made the playoffs for the first time in 2002, but were swept by the Los Angeles Sparks.

Coach Anne Donovan was hired for the 2003 campaign. In Donovan's first year, Jackson would win the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award, but the team had a disappointing season (with Bird injured for much of the year), and the Storm missed the playoffs.

The 2004 Storm posted a then franchise-best 20–14 record. In the playoffs, the Storm made quick work of the Minnesota Lynx, sweeping them in the first round. The Storm then squared off against an up-and-coming Sacramento Monarchs team in the West Finals. The Storm would emerge victorious, winning the series 2–1. In the WNBA Finals, the Storm would finish off the season as champions, defeating the Connecticut Sun 2 games to 1. Betty Lennox was named MVP of the Finals. The win made Anne Donovan the first female head coach in WNBA history to win the WNBA Championship.

A consistent postseason contender (2005–2009)[edit]

Key players from the Storm's championship season were not on the team in 2005. Vodichkova, Tully Bevilaqua, and Sheri Sam moved on to other teams. In addition, the pre-season injury of Australian star and new acquisition Jessica Bibby hampered the team's 2005 season. While they matched their 2004 record and made the playoffs, the Storm's title defense was stopped in the first round by the Houston Comets, 2 games to 1.

In 2006, the Storm would finish 18–16, good enough to make the playoffs. The Storm put up a good fight in the first round against the Sparks, but would fall short 2–1. In 2007, the Storm would finish .500 (17–17), good enough to make the playoffs in a weak Western Conference. The Storm would be quickly swept out of the playoffs by the Phoenix Mercury.

On November 30, 2007, Anne Donovan resigned as head coach, and was replaced by Brian Agler on January 9, 2008.[2][3]

Although most of Seattle's major sports teams endured poor seasons during 2008, the Storm would be the only standout team in Seattle that year, posting a franchise-best 22–12 record and finishing with a 16–1 record at home, also a franchise-best. But the No. 2 seeded Storm lost to the #3 Los Angeles Sparks in the first round of the playoffs in three games, and ended Seattle's season at 23–14 overall.

In 2009, the Storm were 20–14 and finished second in the Western Conference for the second straight year. In the playoffs, the Storm again lost to the #3 Los Angeles Sparks in 3 games, which ended their season in the first round for the fifth consecutive season.

A second championship (2010)[edit]

In the 2010 season, the Storm were almost unstoppable with a record-tying 28 wins and 6 losses in the regular season, including a perfect 17–0 at KeyArena. This was the most home wins in the history of the WNBA.

Along the way, Lauren Jackson was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week five times, and Western Conference Player of the Month three times, on her way to being named WNBA MVP for the third time. Agler was also named Coach of the Year.

In the playoffs, the Storm dramatically reversed their fortunes from the previous five seasons. They started with a sweep of the Sparks, the team that previously knocked them out of the playoffs every time they met. Then they swept Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury in the conference finals, and the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA Finals. With two league championships, the Storm became Seattle's most successful pro sports team by that measure.

Postseason pains (2011-present)[edit]

With the same lineup as the previous year, the Storm had much expectation for the 2011 WNBA season. But right in the second round a two-year home invincibility was broken by the Minnesota Lynx, who even left the Storm scoreless for the first seven minutes.[4] Injuries hit multiple players, specially Lauren Jackson, who had to undergo hip surgery and missed most of the season. The regular starting five resumed play only in the last five games, but Sue Bird and Swin Cash kept the Storm competitive, finishing second in the WNBA with 21 wins and 13 losses. On the playoffs, a Mercury buzzer beater at the KeyArena eliminated the Storm in round 1.[5]

In 2012, with Jackson absent for the early season training with the Australia national team and injuries to most of the team, including Bird, only Camille Little and Katie Smith played on all the games of the regular season. Upon her return, Jackson missed some games due to a hamstring injury, but reached 6,000 points on her WNBA career playing against the San Antonio Silver Stars. The 16-18 record put the Storm fourth in the West, facing the Lynx, who posted the league's best record during the regular season, in the playoffs.[6] While the Storm managed to force a game 3 by winning in the KeyArena at double overtime, a last-second attempt by Jackson went off the rim and the Lynx took the series winning by just one point, 73-72.[7]

Off-court activity[edit]

2006 and 2008 sales[edit]

Following disagreements between the Basketball Club of Seattle (the former owners of the Sonics and Storm) and the city of Seattle concerning the need to renovate the KeyArena, the Seattle SuperSonics and the Seattle Storm were sold to an Oklahoma City group led by Clay Bennett on July 18, 2006.[8] Bennett made it clear that the Sonics and Storm would move to Oklahoma City at some point after the 2007–08 NBA season, unless an arena for the Sonics was approved by Seattle leaders before October 31, 2007. During this period of uncertainty, the Storm announced that they would play their 2008 WNBA season in Seattle at KeyArena.[9]

On January 8, 2008, Bennett sold the team to a Seattle group of women called Force 10 Hoops, LLC.[10] The sale was given unanimous approval from the WNBA Board of Governors on February 28, 2008.[11] This keeps the team in Seattle and disconnected it from the Sonics, which was dissolved with the 'new' basketball franchise and assets relocated to Oklahoma City.

Uniform sponsor[edit]

On April 21, 2010, the Storm and the WNBA announced a sponsor agreement with Bing, a search engine from Microsoft, to place the company's logo on their jerseys for the 2010 season.[12][13]

Championship ring for President[edit]

In June 2011, President of the United States Barack Obama invited the 2010 WNBA champion Seattle Storm to the White House. He stated that the franchise provided a good example for young girls with big dreams. He praised the Storm for the community service they perform and stated that being champions did not end when they step off the court. The Storm presented the President with a championship ring.[14]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Team Conference Regular season Playoff Results Head coach
W L PCT
Seattle Storm
2000 2000 West 8th 6 26 .188 Did not qualify Lin Dunn
2001 2001 West 8th 10 22 .313 Did not qualify Lin Dunn
2002 2002 West 4th 17 15 .531 Lost Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 0–2) Lin Dunn
2003 2003 West 5th 18 16 .529 Did not qualify Anne Donovan
2004 2004 West 2nd 20 14 .588 Won Conference Semifinals (Minnesota, 2–0)
Won Conference Finals (Sacramento, 2–1)
Won WNBA Finals (Connecticut, 2–1)
Anne Donovan
2005 2005 West 2nd 20 14 .588 Lost Conference Semifinals (Houston, 1–2) Anne Donovan
2006 2006 West 4th 18 16 .529 Lost Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 1–2) Anne Donovan
2007 2007 West 4th 17 17 .500 Lost Conference Semifinals (Phoenix, 0–2) Anne Donovan
2008 2008 West 2nd 22 12 .647 Lost Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 1–2) Brian Agler
2009 2009 West 2nd 20 14 .588 Lost Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 1–2) Brian Agler
2010 2010 West 1st 28 6 .824 Won Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 2–0)
Won Conference Finals (Phoenix, 2–0)
Won WNBA Finals (Atlanta, 3–0)
Brian Agler
2011 2011 West 2nd 21 13 .618 Lost Conference Semifinals (Phoenix, 1–2) Brian Agler
2012 2012 West 4th 16 18 .471 Lost Conference Semifinals (Minnesota, 1–2) Brian Agler
2013 2013 West 4th 17 17 .500 Lost Conference Semifinals (Minnesota, 0–2) Brian Agler
2014 2014 West 6th 12 22 .353 Did not qualify Brian Agler
Regular season 262 242 .520 2 Conference Championships
Playoffs 19 20 .487 2 WNBA Championships

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Seattle Storm roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
G 10 United States Bird, Sue 5' 9" (1.75m) 150 lb (68kg) 10-16-1980 Connecticut 11
F 32 United States Clark, Alysha 5' 10" (1.78m) 167 lb (76kg) 07-07-1987 Middle Tennessee 1
G 2 United States Johnson, Temeka 5' 3" (1.6m) 142 lb (64kg) 09-06-1982 LSU 8
F/C 1 United States Langhorne, Crystal 6' 2" (1.88m) 185 lb (84kg) 10-27-1986 Maryland 6
F 20 United States Little, Camille 6' 2" (1.88m) 180 lb (82kg) 01-18-1985 North Carolina 6
F/C 15 Australia Jackson, Lauren 6' 5" (1.96m) 187 lb (85kg) 05-11-1981 Australia 11
G 4 Australia O'Hea, Jenna 6' 1" (1.85m) 174 lb (79kg) 06-06-1987 Australia 3
F 14 United States Powell, Nicole 6' 2" (1.88m) 170 lb (77kg) 06-22-1982 Stanford 10
G 45 United States Quinn, Noelle 6' 0" (1.83m) 175 lb (79kg) 01-03-1985 UCLA 6
F 8 United States Robinson, Angel 6' 5" (1.96m) 193 lb (88kg) 04-20-1987 Georgia R
G/F 40 United States Stricklen, Shekinna 6' 2" (1.88m) 178 lb (81kg) 07-30-1990 Tennessee 1
G 30 United States Wright, Tanisha 5' 11" (1.8m) 165 lb (75kg) 11-29-1983 Penn State 8



East: ATLCHICONINDNYWAS | West: LAMINPHOSASEATUL
Head coach
United States Brian Agler (Wittenberg)
Assistant coaches
United States Jenny Boucek (Virginia)
United States Shaquala Williams (Oregon)
Athletic trainer
United States Tom Spencer (Central Washington)
Strength and conditioning coach
United States Melissa Hardin (Western Washington)

Legend
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

WNBA roster page
Transactions

Other rights owned[edit]

Nat. Name Years pro Last played Drafted
Australia Abby Bishop 1 2010 N/A
Spain Silvia Dominguez 0 N/A N/A
United States Keisha Hampton 0 N/A 2012
Australia Lauren Jackson 2012 2001
Czech Republic Jana Vesela 1 2010 N/A

Former players[edit]

Coaches and staff[edit]

Owners[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Seattle Storm head coaches
Name Start End Seasons Regular season Playoffs
W L PCT G W L PCT G
Lin Dunn July 22, 1999 September 3, 2002 3 33 63 .344 96 0 2 .000 2
Anne Donovan December 18, 2002 November 30, 2007 5 93 77 .547 170 8 8 .500 16
Brian Agler January 8, 2008 Current 7 136 102 .571 238 11 10 .524 21

General managers[edit]

Directors of player personnel[edit]

Assistant coaches[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

Currently, some Storm games are broadcast on KONG, which is a local television station for the area of Seattle. More often than not, NBA TV will pick up the feed from the local broadcast, which is shown nationally. Broadcasters for the Storm games are Dick Fain and Adia Barnes.

All games (excluding blackout games, which are available on ESPN3.com) are broadcast to the WNBA LiveAccess game feeds on the league website. Furthermore, some Storm games are broadcast nationally on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. The WNBA has reached an eight-year agreement with ESPN, which will pay right fees to the Storm, as well as other teams in the league.[15]

All-time notes[edit]

Regular season attendance[edit]

  • A sellout for a basketball game at KeyArena is 17,072.
Regular season all-time attendance
Year Average High Low Sellouts Total for year WNBA game average
2000 8,912 (6th) 10,840 7,656 0 142,594 9,074
2001 5,954 (16th) 9,232 3,821 0 95,257 9,075
2002 6,986 (14th) 12,327 3,715 0 111,774 9,228
2003 7,109 (11th) 9,686 4,528 0 120,857 8,800
2004 7,960 (9th) 14,884 4,527 0 135,320 8,613
2005 8,906 (4th) 11,726 6,910 0 151,410 8,172
2006 8,538 (4th) 11,221 5,741 0 145,142 7,476
2007 7,974 (6th) 10,891 6,752 0 135,553 7,742
2008 8,265 (7th) 12,079 6,116 0 140,503 7,948
2009 7,874 (7th) 10,137 6,588 0 133,858 8,039
2010 8,322 (5th) 11,012 6,612 0 141,472 7,834
2011 8,659 (5th) 13,659 6,179 0 147,196 7,954
2012 7,486 (7th) 9,686 5,819 0 127,266 7,452

Draft picks[edit]

  • 2000 Expansion Draft: Edna Campbell (2), Sophia Witherspoon (7), Angela Aycock (10), Nina Bjedov (15), Toni Foster (18), Charmin Smith (23)
  • 2000: Kamila Vodichkova (9), Charisse Sampson (25), Kirra Jordan (41), Katrina Hibbert (57)
  • 2001: Lauren Jackson (1), Semeka Randall (17), Juana Brown (49)
  • 2002: Sue Bird (1), Lucienne Berthieu (19), Felicia Ragland (28), Takeisha Lewis (35),
  • 2003 Miami/Portland Dispersal Draft: Alisa Burras (9)
  • 2003: Jung Sun-min (8), Suzy Batkovic (22), Chrissy Floyd (37)
  • 2004 Cleveland Dispersal Draft: Betty Lennox (6)
  • 2004: Catrina Frierson (19)
  • 2005: Tanisha Wright (12), Ashley Battle (25), Steffanie Blackmon (38)
  • 2006: Barbara Turner (11), Dalila Esche (25), Erin Grant (39)
  • 2007 Charlotte Dispersal Draft: Tye'sha Fluker (7)
  • 2007: Katie Gearlds (7), Brandie Hoskins (33)
  • 2008: Allie Quigley (22), Kimberly Beck (36)
  • 2009 Houston Dispersal Draft: selection waived
  • 2009: Ashley Walker (12), Mara Freshour (38)
  • 2010 Sacramento Dispersal Draft: Chelsea Newton (10)
  • 2010: Alison Lacey (10), Tanisha Smith (22), Tijana Krivacevic (34)
  • 2011: Jasmine Thomas (12), Ify Ibekwe (24), Krystal Thomas (36)
  • 2012: Shekinna Stricklen (2), Keisha Hampton (22)
  • 2013: Tianna Hawkins (6), Chelsea Poppens (18), Jasmine James (30)
  • 2014: Bria Hartley (7), Michelle Plouffe (19), Mikaela Ruef (31)

Trades[edit]

  • May 27, 2000: The Storm traded a third-round pick in the 2001 Draft to the Houston Comets in exchange for Andrea Gardner.
  • June 11, 2000: The Storm traded the rights to Nina Bjedov to the Cleveland Rockers for Michelle Edwards.
  • April 24, 2001: The Storm traded Edna Campbell and a fourth-round pick in the 2002 Draft to the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for Katy Steding and a second-round pick in the 2002 Draft.
  • June 17, 2002: The Storm traded Sonja Henning to the Houston Comets in exchange for Amanda Lassiter.
  • May 21, 2003: The Storm traded a third-round pick in the 2004 Draft to the Houston Comets in exchange for Rita Williams.
  • April 15, 2004: The Storm traded the 6th pick in the 2004 Draft and Amanda Lassiter to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Sheri Sam and Jannel Burse.
  • June 29, 2006: The Storm traded Cisti Greenwalt and a second-round pick in the 2007 Draft to the Chicago Sky in exchange for Ashley Robinson.
  • February 19, 2008: The Storm traded the 4th pick in the 2008 Draft to the Detroit Shock in exchange for Swin Cash.
  • June 22, 2008: The Storm traded a second-round pick in the 2009 Draft to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for Camille Little.
  • April 11, 2011: The Storm traded Jasmine Thomas and a first-round pick in the 2012 Draft to the Washington Mystics, and Erin Phillips and a third-round pick in the 2012 Draft to the Indiana Fever in exchange for Jacinta Monroe and Katie Smith from Washington, and a third-round pick in the 2012 Draft from Indiana.
  • January 2, 2012: The Storm traded Swin Cash, Le'coe Willingham, and the 23rd pick in the 2012 Draft to the Chicago Sky in exchange for the second pick in the 2012 Draft.
  • February 14, 2012: The Storm traded Ashley Robinson to the Washington Mystics in exchange for Victoria Dunlap.
  • March 27, 2014: The Storm traded Ewelina Kobryn to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Charde Houston.
  • April 14, 2014: The Storm traded Tianna Hawkins and Bria Hartley to the Washington Mystics in exchange for Crystal Langhorne.

All-Stars[edit]

  • 2000: None
  • 2001: Lauren Jackson
  • 2002: Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson
  • 2003: Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson
  • 2004: Sue Bird
  • 2005: Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson
  • 2006: Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson
  • 2007: Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson
  • 2008: No All-Star Game
  • 2009: Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Lauren Jackson
  • 2010: Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Lauren Jackson
  • 2011: Sue Bird, Swin Cash
  • 2012: No All-Star Game
  • 2013: Tina Thompson
  • 2014: Sue Bird

Olympians[edit]

  • 2004: Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson (AUS)
  • 2008: Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson (AUS)
  • 2012: Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson (AUS)

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2002 All-WNBA First Team: Sue Bird
  • 2003 Most Valuable Player: Lauren Jackson
  • 2003 Peak Performer (Scoring): Lauren Jackson
  • 2003 All-WNBA First Team: Sue Bird
  • 2003 All-WNBA First Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2004 Finals MVP: Betty Lennox
  • 2004 Peak Performer (Scoring): Lauren Jackson
  • 2004 All-WNBA First Team: Sue Bird
  • 2004 All-WNBA First Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2005 All-WNBA First Team: Sue Bird
  • 2005 All-WNBA First Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2005 All-Defensive Second Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2006 All-Decade Team: Sue Bird
  • 2006 All-Decade Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2006 All-WNBA First Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2007 Most Valuable Player: Lauren Jackson
  • 2007 Defensive Player of the Year: Lauren Jackson
  • 2007 Peak Performer (Scoring): Lauren Jackson
  • 2007 Peak Performer (Rebounds): Lauren Jackson
  • 2007 All-WNBA First Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2007 All-Defensive First Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2008 All-WNBA Second Team: Sue Bird
  • 2008 All-WNBA Second Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2008 All-Defensive Second Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2009 All-Star Game MVP: Swin Cash
  • 2009 Peak Performer (Assists): Sue Bird
  • 2009 All-WNBA First Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2009 All-Defensive First Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2009 All-Defensive First Team: Tanisha Wright
  • 2010 Most Valuable Player: Lauren Jackson
  • 2010 Finals MVP: Lauren Jackson
  • 2010 Coach of the Year: Brian Agler
  • 2010 All-WNBA First Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2010 All-WNBA Second Team: Sue Bird
  • 2010 All-Defensive First Team: Tanisha Wright
  • 2010 All-Defensive Second Team: Lauren Jackson
  • 2011 All-Star Game MVP: Swin Cash
  • 2011 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Sue Bird
  • 2011 All-WNBA Second Team: Sue Bird
  • 2011 All-Defensive First Team: Tanisha Wright
  • 2011 All-Defensive Second Team: Swin Cash
  • 2013 All-Defensive First Team: Tanisha Wright
  • 2014 All-Defensive First Team: Tanisha Wright

References[edit]

  1. ^ wnba.com – WNBA Approves Sale of Seattle Storm to Local Owners – 2008-02-28
  2. ^ Anne Donovan resigns as Head Coach
  3. ^ Brian Agler named Head Coach
  4. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/news?slug=ycn-8620939
  5. ^ http://www.wnba.com/storm/history/2011recap.html
  6. ^ http://www.wnba.com/storm/news/playoffs120927.html
  7. ^ http://www.wnba.com/games/20121002/SEAMIN/gameinfo.html#nbaGIboxscore
  8. ^ seattlepi.com – Sonics sold to ownership group from Oklahoma City – 2006-07-18
  9. ^ wnba.com – Storm Announces Plans To Play 2008 Season at KeyArena – 2007-09-21
  10. ^ espn.com – AP – Season-ticket holders buy team; Agler reportedly selected coach – 2008-01-09
  11. ^ wnba.com
  12. ^ streetinsider.com – "Bing Takes Seattle by Storm" – 2010-04-21
  13. ^ Storm signs sponsorship deal with Bing
  14. ^ http://www.seattlepi.com/sports/article/Obama-honors-WNBA-Seattle-Storm-s-championship-run-1445957.php#photo-1086289.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  15. ^ "WNBA Extends TV Rights Deal with ESPN and ABC". Sports Business. June 18, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Phoenix Mercury
WNBA Champions
2010 (Second title)
Succeeded by
Minnesota Lynx
WNBA Western Conference Champions
2010 (Second title)
Preceded by
Detroit Shock
WNBA Champions
2004 (First title)
Succeeded by
Sacramento Monarchs
Preceded by
Los Angeles Sparks
WNBA Western Conference Champions
2004 (First title)