EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — After the rings were handed out, the banner unveiled, the Seattle Storm proved there can be optimism about what they can accomplish even without Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird...
NEW YORK (AP) — Breanna Stewart will be a paid ambassador for the WNBA this season.
The reigning MVP tore her right Achilles tendon while playing overseas this winter and because the league...
WNBA’s new season ready to tip off
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and a few injuries to some of the sport's greatest players.
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird needs arthroscopic surgery on her left knee and will be out indefinitely, another big blow for the defending WNBA champs.
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes had surgery Tuesday to remove a cancerous tumor in his digestive tract.
Hughes will miss Seattle's two preseason games. The team provided no...
Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes diagnosed with cancer
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes has been diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer that was discovered after a recent emergency appendectomy.
SEATTLE (AP) — The arena for Seattle's new NHL franchise won't be completed until late spring or summer of 2021 but that shouldn't have any impact on the expansion team's first season.
SEATTLE (AP) — Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart has undergone surgery to repair her ruptured right Achilles tendon.
The Seattle Storm said Stewart had surgery Thursday morning in Los...
NEW YORK (AP) — Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart is expected to miss the upcoming season after she ruptured the Achilles tendon in her right ankle.
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA's logo is getting a new look and the league is resetting its brand for the upcoming season.
The league unveiled its plans Monday, intent on embracing the optimism of...
Sue Bird enjoying time in Nuggets role, still wants to play
DENVER (AP) — Sue Bird, basketball operations associate for the Denver Nuggets. The title has a nice ring to it.
Sue Bird, point guard for the Seattle Storm. Now that's a title she's not quite ready to give up.
Bird has spent the last month with the Nuggets, hitting the road to help out with some scouting. The 38-year-old is receiving a first-class education in another side of the game and it gives her something to ponder down the road.
Brian Agler resigns as coach of WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks
Brian Agler is ready for a new challenge.
The longtime WNBA coach resigned as coach of the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday after four years with the team that included winning a championship in 2016.
"Sometimes it's time to make a change," Agler said in a phone interview with the AP on Friday.
Agler officially resigned on Nov. 1, but was required by contract to give the team 30 days' notice. The team announced the move Friday morning.
Nuggets add Sue Bird to front office staff
DENVER (AP) — WNBA champion Sue Bird is joining the Denver Nuggets' front office while continuing her own professional basketball playing career.
Tim Connelly, the Nuggets' president of basketball operations, said Bird's new title is basketball operations associate.
In a statement, Connelly said, "We are very excited to have Sue join our organization. Her resume certainly speaks for itself and as a still active player she will offer an extremely unique perspective."
No rest for WNBA champs Bird, Stewart and Loyd
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — It's been a whirlwind week for Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. The trio won a WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm and then dashed off to play for USA Basketball in the FIBA Women's World Cup.
Mood electric as Seattle Storm, fans celebrate third title
SEATTLE (AP) — Fans are whooping and cheering as they celebrate the Seattle Storm's third WNBA championship during a parade and rally.
The mood was electric Sunday as trolleys carried players and coaches on a route that began at the Space Needle and arrived at KeyArena just as the rain fell.
Mood electric as Seattle Storm, fans celebrate third title
SEATTLE (AP) — Fans are whooping and cheering as they celebrate the Seattle Storm's third WNBA championship during a parade and rally Sunday afternoon.
The mood was electric as trolleys carried players and coaches on a route that began at the Space Needle and arrived at KeyArena just as the rain fell.
Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA title
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart fretted following the regular-season opener after the Seattle Storm lost at home to the Phoenix Mercury.
"We thought, 'Oh, crap, what kind of year is this going to be?'" Bird reminisced.
The answer came nearly four months later with a championship.
Stewart led the Storm to their third WNBA title Wednesday night, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.
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History says Storm WNBA coronation only a matter of time
SEATTLE (AP) — If history is any indicator, the WNBA Finals are already over.
That may not be a fair assessment to make about the Washington Mystics, who head back home facing a 2-0 deficit to the Seattle Storm in the best-of-five series, and nearly pulled off a split in Seattle before falling short 75-73 in Game 2 on Sunday.
Stewart, Storm beat Mystics 75-73 for 2-0 series lead
SEATTLE (AP) — A lot of Breanna Stewart in the closing minutes and one big defensive stop in the final seconds has the Seattle Storm on the cusp of a third WNBA title.
Stewart scored nine of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, Sue Bird came up with a key defensive play in the final 10 seconds, and the Storm held off the Washington Mystics 75-73 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals.
Jewell Loyd scores 23, Storm beat Mystics 89-76 in Game 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Jewell Loyd was unselfish in the deciding game of the WNBA semifinals, giving up her spot on the floor and choosing not to mess with what was going right for the Seattle Storm at the time.
Her decision appeared to be rewarded in Game 1 of the Finals.
"It's amazing how many times when you're thinking right like she (is), and you're unselfish like she was in Game 5, how you are rewarded the next time," Seattle coach Dan Hughes said.
Storm, Mystics look to enjoy experience of WNBA Finals
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird leaned over toward Breanna Stewart and made sure the current MVP of the WNBA was paying attention to what the oldest player in the league was saying.
"This is advice," Bird said.
The message to Stewart was clear: At age 24, don't take for granted that she's leading the Seattle Storm to the WNBA Finals and expect it to happen all the time.
Sue Bird’s big 4th quarter leads Storm past Mercury 94-84
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird was on the brink of seeing maybe her last good chance at getting to the WNBA Finals evaporate. She was playing with a broken nose, her team was playing from behind for almost all of Game 5, and against her rival and friend that never loses in these situations.
And to make matters worse, Bird couldn't find her shot, missing eight consecutive attempts.
Storm and Mystics to meet in WNBA Finals
Elena Delle Donne has the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, where they'll face Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm.
The star forward came to Washington last year to try and lead the Mystics to a championship. She has them one step away.
"D.C.'s become home to me," said Delle Donne, who grew up about two hours north in Delaware. "Now we need the city to rally behind us because we're not finished yet."
Seattle’s Bird expected to wear protective mask for Game 5
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird is expected to play in Game 5 of the WNBA semifinals on Tuesday night against Phoenix wearing a protective mask after suffering a broken nose in Game 4.
Bird said tests Monday showed no additional damage, and she went through practice later in the day.
Griner, Mercury rally to beat Storm, force deciding Game 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Four times this postseason, the Phoenix Mercury have faced elimination.
They've won all four and now it's on to Seattle for another one.
Brittney Griner provided the deciding offense and necessary defense in the final seconds as the Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 86-84 on Sunday to force a deciding Game 5 in their WNBA semifinal series.
Mercury beat Storm 86-66 to pull to 2-1 in WNBA semis
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Mercury lost a starter before the ball went in the air. Their best player struggled to get her shots to fall, their opponent went on another big run.
DeWanna Bonner, with a big boost from Yvonne Turner, kept their season going.
Taking over the offensive lead, Bonner had 27 points and 11 points to help the Mercury to an 86-66 win over the Seattle Storm on Friday night to force a Game 4 in the WNBA semifinal series.
Mercury hoping to end middle-game malaise against Storm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Mercury got off to good starts against the Seattle Storm in the first two games of the WNBA semifinals. They've been good in the fourth quarter, too, highlighted by Diana Taurasi's clutch shots at the end of regulation in Game 2.
Now if the Mercury could just get those two middle quarters right.
Stewart, Bird push Storm past Mercury in OT, 91-87
SEATTLE (AP) — After watching her team let a big lead slip away, Sue Bird said hitting the reset button was as easy as resetting the game clock for an extra five minutes.
Bird scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:03 left in overtime and two clinching free throws with 2.1 seconds left, to help the Seattle Storm recover from blowing a 17-point fourth quarter bulge and beat the Phoenix Mercury 91-87 in the second game of the WNBA semifinals Tuesday night.
Stewart, Loyd lift Storm to 91-87 win over Mercury in Game 1
SEATTLE (AP) — On the day Breanna Stewart became the newly minted WNBA MVP, a key part of her supporting cast came through with a couple of big shots the Seattle Storm needed in the closing minutes.
Stewart scored 19 of her 28 points in the first half, Jewell Loyd added 23 — including Seattle's final seven points — and the Storm held on to beat the Phoenix Mercury 91-87 on Sunday in Game 1 of their WNBA semifinal series.
Seattle’s Breanna Stewart named WNBA MVP
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart has been announced as the WNBA MVP after a season where she finished second in scoring and led Seattle to the best record in the league.
Top-seeded Storm beat Wings 84-68 in regular-season finale
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart and Crystal Langhorne had 15 points each to help the Seattle Storm beat the Dallas Wings 84-68 in the regular-season finale for both teams Sunday.
Sue Bird sat out the game and Stewart played just 13 minutes in the game that had no effect on the Storm's No. 1 playoff seed.
Stewart has double-double, Storm secure top seed in playoffs
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 85-77 on Friday night to secure the top seed in the WNBA playoffs.
Seattle (25-8) has won 15 of its last 18 games and has home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Storm’s magic number down to 1 with 81-72 win over Lynx
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Natasha Howard scored 21 points, Breanna Stewart had 17 points and a season-high 17 rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-72 on Sunday night.
Seattle maintained its two-game lead over second-place Atlanta and reduced its magic number for the top seed in the playoffs to one. Seattle and Atlanta each have two games remaining.
Stewart scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, during an 11-0 run that gave the Storm (24-8) a 73-58 lead with 4:54 left.
Mystics beat Storm 100-77 for 5th straight victory
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 30 points, LaToya Sanders had 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Washington Mystics beat the league-leading Seattle Storm 100-77 on Thursday for their fifth straight victory.
Washington never trailed and led by as many as 27 points.
Despite the loss, Seattle clinched one of the top two seeds in the playoffs when Atlanta beat Los Angeles later Thursday. The Storm have a bye to the semifinals.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Natasha Howard had 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Sue Bird became the WNBA leader in minutes played and the Seattle Storm beat the Indiana Fever 94-79 on Tuesday night.
Breanna Stewart added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Seattle (23-7), which won back-to-back games in Indiana for the first time in franchise history. Bird scored 16 points with eight assists, passing Tina Thompson (1997-13) at 16,090 minutes.
Stewart, Howard help Storm beat Liberty 96-80
NEW YORK (AP) — Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm weren't concerned when the New York Liberty made a run to take a lead early in the fourth quarter.
They knew it was only a matter of time before they went on their own burst to put the game away.
The Storm scored 15 straight points to turn a two-point deficit into a 13-point lead and never looked back in a 96-80 victory over the Liberty on Monday at a camp day game at Madison Square Garden.
Stewart scores 20, Storm clinch playoff spot
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 20 points, Sue Bird had 14 points and 11 assists and the Seattle Storm clinched the first WNBA playoff berth this season with an 85-75 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx on Friday night.
Stewart drove the lane and finished in traffic to give Seattle a 79-69 lead and she had a left-handed layup on the next possession for a 12-point advantage.
Loyd’s 29 points lead Storm by Mercury 102-91
PHOENIX (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, Natasha Howard had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 102-91 on Tuesday night.
Loyd and Howard combined for 27 points in the first half as Seattle build a 53-44 lead. The Storm outscored Phoenix 28-16 in the third for an 81-60 advantage.
SEATTLE (AP) — Renovating KeyArena will cost $100 million more than previously expected as project leaders attempt to make it fully ready for an expected NHL franchise and possibly a future NBA team.
Oak View Group announced Tuesday it had selected Skanska and AECOM Hunt to partner together as the general contractor for the $700 million project.
WNBA All-Star coach Dan Hughes to honor father
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Dan Hughes knows what suit he will wear Saturday for the WNBA All-Star Game when he coaches Team Delle Donne.
It's one his father, Harley Hughes, bought for him.
The elder Hughes died in the fall of 2009, a few months after his son coached his first All-Star Game in Connecticut.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Sue Bird also had a double-double and the league-leading Seattle Storm eased past the last-place Indiana Fever 92-72 on Tuesday night.
Natasha Howard added 16 points and nine rebounds for Seattle (19-7). Jewell Loyd scored 13 points and Bird had 11 points and 11 assists.
ATLANTA (AP) — Elizabeth Williams scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Atlanta Dream win their franchise-record seventh straight game with an 87-74 victory over the Seattle Storm on Sunday.
Seattle's Sue Bird, already the all-time WNBA assists leader, played her 500th career game, passing DeLisha Milton-Jones (499) for the WNBA record for games played.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 20 of her season-high 31 points in the second half and the WNBA-leading Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun 78-65 on Friday night.
Loyd, who reached 20-plus points for the second straight game, was 11 of 15 from the field — including four of Seattle's 11 3-pointers.
Stewart, Loyd lead Storm past Sky 101-83
CHICAGO (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Jewell Loyd had 20 points, 10 boards and eight assists, and the league-leading Seattle Storm beat the Chicago Sky 101-83 on Wednesday.
Seattle topped the 100-point mark for the fourth time this season, setting a franchise single-season record.
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart had a season-high 35 points, including three 3-pointers, and 20 rebounds to help the Seattle Storm beat the Dallas Wings 91-84 on Saturday night.
Natasha Howard scored 17 points and Jewell Loyd added 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Seattle (16-6).
Dallas (12-9) had its five-game win streak snapped.
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird scored 21 while setting the franchise scoring mark to help the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 97-91 on Sunday.
Bird became the Storm's all-time leading scorer with her 13th point of the game, passing Lauren Jackson (6,007) on a pull-up jumper with 7:33 left in the third quarter. Bird also moved ahead of Jackson to seventh on the all-time WNBA scoring list, behind Lisa Leslie (6,263).
Stewart scores 29 to help Storm beat Dream 95-86
ATLANTA (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 29 points, nine rebounds and three blocks to help the Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 95-86 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Sue Bird added 18 points and 10 assists, Alysha Clark scored 14 points and Jewell Loyd had 11 for Seattle (14-5). Natasha Howard had 10 points and 10 rebounds.