The Calm Before the Storm

June 7, 1999
The WNBA selects four expansion teams to begin play in the 2000 season. Seattle is one of four teams chosen, bringing the league to 16 teams. The league calls for Seattle to secure 5,500 season ticket pledges by October 15, 1999.

June 17, 1999
Full House Sports & Entertainment names Karen Bryant as the Senior Director of WNBA Operations. Bryant, a native of Edmonds who played basketball for the University of Washington, was the former General Manager of the Seattle Reign of the American Basketball League.

July 1, 1999
University of Washington women’s basketball coach June Daugherty makes the 1,000th season ticket deposit for the Seattle’s new WNBA franchise.

July 22, 1999
Full House Sports & Entertainment hires Lin Dunn, former Purdue University and Portland Power (ABL) head coach, as the General Manager and Head Coach of Seattle’s new WNBA team.

August 17, 1999
Sonics guard Gary Payton and his wife Monique purchase tickets for their daughter Raquel, raising Seattle’s ticket deposit total to 2,000.

September 30, 1999
Lin Dunn and Karen Bryant dribble a WNBA basketball 5.5 miles through downtown Seattle to increase awareness of the drive for 5,500 ticket pledges.

October 15, 1999
Seattle announces that it has secured more than 7,200 season ticket deposits, 1,700 more than necessary, to meet the WNBA’s requirement.

October 22, 1999
The WNBA officially announces that Seattle, Indiana, Miami and Portland have secured their franchises.

December 15, 1999
In the expansion draft, Seattle select Edna Campbell from the Phoenix Mercury, Sonja Henning from the Houston Comets, Angela Aycock from the Minnesota Lynx, Nina Bjedov from the Los Angeles Sparks, Toni Foster from the Phoenix Mercury and Charmin Smith from the Minnesota Lynx.

January 6, 2000
The Seattle WNBA franchise announces it will be called the Storm.

January 19, 2000
Before more than 2,000 season-ticket holders at KeyArena, the Seattle Storm unveil their logo with Lin Dunn and draft picks Sonja Henning and Charmin Smith.

April 25, 2000
The Storm picks Kamila Vodichkova with the ninth pick in the first round of the 2000 WNBA Draft. The Storm’s other draft selections were Charisse Sampson, Kirra Jordan and Katrina Hibbert.