2008 Seattle Storm season

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2008 Seattle Storm season
Coach Brian Agler
Arena KeyArena
Attendance 8,265 per game
Results
Record 22–12 (.647)
Place 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish Lost Western Conference Semifinals

The 2008 WNBA season was the ninth season for the Seattle Storm. The Storm qualified for the postseason for the fifth consecutive season. Sue Bird was a key contributor to the club, averaging 14.1 points per game, and 5.1 assists per game.[1] With the departure of the Seattle SuperSonics NBA franchise to Oklahoma City, the Storm were forced to look for 30 people in positions in marketing, public relations and corporate and ticket sales. The Storm had a shared services agreement with the Sonics, and the departure left the Storm with many positions vacant.[2] By season's end, the Storm were in negotiations with the city of Seattle in hopes of a long-term lease at KeyArena.

Offseason[edit]

On November 30, 2007, the Storm announced the resignation of head coach, Anne Donovan. Her replacement, Brian Agler, was named on January 9, 2008

The following player was selected in the Expansion Draft:

WNBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality School
2 22 Allie Quigley  United States DePaul
3 36 Kimberly Beck  United States George Washington

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

February 6, 2008[4]
To Seattle Storm
Roneeka Hodges and the 4th pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft
To Atlanta Dream
Iziane Castro Marques and the 8th pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft (Tamera Young)
February 19, 2008[5]
To Seattle Storm
Swin Cash
To Detroit Shock
No. 4 pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft (Alexis Hornbuckle)
June 22, 2008[6]
To Seattle Storm
Camille Little
To Atlanta Dream
Second-round pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft

Free agents[edit]

Player Signed Former team
Sheryl Swoopes March 3, 2008 Houston Comets
Yolanda Griffith April 8, 2008 Sacramento Monarchs
Player Left New team
Roneeka Hodges May 14, 2008 Houston Comets (July 5, 2008)
Player Re-signed
Shyra Ely March 6, 2008
Sue Bird March 14, 2008
Janell Burse April 14, 2008
Ashley Robinson April 18, 2008

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
San Antonio Silver Stars x 24 10 .706 15–2 9–8 10–10
Seattle Storm x 22 12 .647 2.0 16–1 6–11 13–7
Los Angeles Sparks x 20 14 .588 4.0 12–5 8–9 12–8
Sacramento Monarchs x 18 16 .529 13–4 5–12 6.0 9–11
Houston Comets o 17 17 .500 7.0 13–4 4–13 10–10
Minnesota Lynx o 16 18 .471 8.0 10–7 6–11 8–12
Phoenix Mercury o 16 18 .471 8.0 9–8 7–10 8–12

Season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Leading Scorer Attendance Record
May 17 vs. Chicago 67-61 Lauren Jackson (14) 12,079 1-0
May 20 vs. Sacramento 74-62 Lauren Jackson (17)
Sue Bird (17)
Swin Cash (17)
6,871 2-0
May 22 @ Phoenix 87-83 Lauren Jackson (30) 7,059 3-0
May 24 @ San Antonio 72-87 Swin Cash (15) 9,767 3-1
May 30 vs. San Antonio 78-57 Lauren Jackson (28) 6,810 4-1
June 1 vs. Houston 64-63 Swin Cash (19) 6,116 5-1
June 3 @ New York 63-77 Lauren Jackson (19) 6,928 5-2
June 4 @ Detroit 67-77 Lauren Jackson (27) 8,108 5-3
June 7 vs. Detroit 75-67 Lauren Jackson (24) 7,105 6-3
June 11 vs. Phoenix 83-77 Lauren Jackson (20) 7,483 7-3
June 13 @ San Antonio 69-74 Sue Bird (21) 6,478 7-4
June 13 @ Houston 60-68 Lauren Jackson (18) 7,023 7-5
June 16 vs. Connecticut 67-74 Lauren Jackson (26) 6,872 7-6
June 20 vs. Indiana 78-70 Lauren Jackson (18) 7,393 8-6
June 24 @ Los Angeles 62-76 Sue Bird (11) 8,032 8-7
June 29 vs. Washington 64-49 Sue Bird (14) 7,965 9-7
July 3 vs. New York 84-71 Lauren Jackson (33) 6,973 10-7
July 5 vs. Minnesota 96-71 Lauren Jackson (34) 7,553 11-7
July 8 @ Sacramento 79-64 Lauren Jackson (17) 5,727 12-7
July 10 vs. Phoenix 89-78 Lauren Jackson (25) 10,454 13-7
July 12 vs. Los Angeles 70-52 Sue Bird (18) 10,833 14-7
July 18 @ Indiana 65-59 Sheryl Swoopes (15) 7,450 15-7
July 20 @ Washington 57-89 Katie Gearlds (13) 8,543 15-8
July 22 @ Minnesota 76-73 Sue Bird (22) 12,276 16-8
July 25 @ Phoenix 80-94 Yolanda Griffith (17) 8,323 16-9
July 27 vs. Sacramento 77-71 Sue Bird (24) 8,651 17-9
August 28 vs. Houston 66-49 Sue Bird (22) 8,320 18-9
August 31 @ Connecticut 76-80 Sue Bird (24) 9,518 18-10
September 2 @ Atlanta 83-69 Sue Bird (21) 7,390 19-10
September 4 @ Chicago 70-62 Sue Bird (19) 3,829 20-10
September 6 vs. Minnesota 96-88 Sue Bird (23) 9,339 21-10
September 9 @ Sacramento 74-77 Tanisha Wright (17)
Katie Gearlds (17)
11,644 21-11
September 12 vs. Atlanta 77-72 Camille Little (21) 9,686 22-11
September 14 @ Los Angeles 48-65 Shyra Ely (16) 13,142 22-12

WNBA Playoffs[edit]

Date Opponent Score Leading Scorer Attendance Series
Western Conference Semifinals
September 19 @ Los Angeles 69-77 Sue Bird (23) 9,601 LA leads 1-0
September 21 vs. Los Angeles 64-50 Sue Bird (20) 8,230 Tied 1-1
September 23 vs. Los Angeles 64-71 Tanisha Wright (20) 7,805 LA wins 2-1

Player stats[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Lauren Jackson 21 21 33.0 .452 .295 .934 7.0 1.2 1.5 1.6 20.2
Sue Bird 33 33 33.7 .441 .343 .871 2.5 5.1 1.1 0.1 14.1
Swin Cash 31 28 29.9 .389 .125 .772 5.4 1.9 0.7 1.0 11.3
Camille Little 19 13 23.3 .532 .333 .667 4.4 1.4 1.0 0.3 9.7
Tanisha Wright 34 14 23.8 .432 .167 .787 3.4 2.5 0.9 0.2 7.9
Yolanda Griffith 30 30 21.9 .462 .000 .648 6.3 1.5 1.4 0.6 7.2
Sheryl Swoopes 29 25 24.3 .391 .222 .695 4.3 2.1 1.5 0.3 7.1
Katie Gearlds 34 3 13.8 .373 .391 .739 1.3 0.6 0.3 0.1 5.0
Shyra Ely 34 1 11.4 .409 .364 .625 2.6 0.5 0.4 0.2 3.3
Kelly Santos 22 1 6.1 .390 .000 .652 1.3 0.2 0.2 0.1 2.1
Kimberly Beck 17 0 5.5 .444 .667 .833 0.7 0.4 0.2 0.1 1.0
Ashley Robinson 33 1 10.0 .302 .000 .300 2.2 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.9
Kristen O'Neill 11 0 2.8 .000 .000 .000 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
Florina Pascalau 3 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Seattle Storm Regular Season Stats

Postseason[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Sue Bird 3 3 37.0 .460 .294 1.000 2.3 3.0 1.3 0.0 19.7
Tanisha Wright 3 3 34.3 .412 .500 .750 5.7 2.7 2.0 0.0 13.7
Camille Little 3 3 35.0 .333 .500 .833 3.3 0.3 1.0 0.0 11.7
Sheryl Swoopes 3 2 24.0 .320 .200 .889 3.3 1.0 2.0 0.0 8.7
Yolanda Griffith 3 3 29.0 .214 .000 .875 6.3 1.7 3.0 1.3 4.3
Swin Cash 3 0 14.7 .333 .000 .000 3.7 0.7 0.3 0.7 2.7
Ashley Robinson 3 1 15.3 .500 .000 .500 4.0 0.7 0.3 0.7 2.3
Katie Gearlds 3 0 7.0 .333 .250 .500 0.3 0.7 1.0 0.0 2.0
Kelly Santos 2 0 1.0 .500 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Shyra Ely 2 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Kimberly Beck 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Seattle Storm Playoff Stats

Roster[edit]

Seattle Storm roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From
SG 8 United States Beck, Kimberly 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 125 lb (57 kg) George Washington
PG 10 United States Bird, Sue 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Connecticut
SF 2 United States Cash, Swin 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 162 lb (73 kg) Connecticut
SF 0 United States Ely, Shyra 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Tennessee
G/F 4 United States Gearlds, Katie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 184 lb (83 kg) Purdue
F/C 13 United States Griffith, Yolanda 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Florida Atlantic
F/C 15 Australia Jackson, Lauren 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Australia
PF 20 United States Little, Camille 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) North Carolina
G/F 32 United States O'Neill, Kristen 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 158 lb (72 kg) Washington
C 43 United States Robinson, Ashley 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Tennessee
PF 9 Brazil Santos, Kelly 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Brazil
G/F 22 United States Swoopes, Sheryl 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 145 lb (66 kg) Texas Tech
PG 30 United States Wright, Tanisha 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Penn State
Head coach
Assistant coaches




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Lauren Jackson, WNBA Player of the Week (June 30 - July 6)
  • Lauren Jackson, ESPY Award for Best WNBA Player
  • Lauren Jackson, WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (Forward)
  • Sue Bird, All-WNBA Second Team (Guard)
  • Lauren Jackson, All-WNBA Second Team (Forward)

References[edit]