Kristen O’Neill to Forego Storm Training Camp Opportunity

April 23, 2009
- Seattle Storm Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Brian Agler announced today that Kristen O’Neill has decided, after suffering a minor knee injury while playing for UL Aughinish in Ireland, to forego her opportunity to participate in the Seattle Storm’s 2009 training camp.

“My decision not to attend training camp this season was a very difficult choice to make,” said O’Neill. “Throughout the rehabilitation process, it became clear to me that my knee will not be 100 percent by the start of camp. For that reason, I feel that it is best for me and for the Storm to give someone else this opportunity. I am at peace with this decision and would like to express my gratitude to everyone in the Storm organization and to all of Seattle’s wonderful fans. I wish the Storm a successful 2009 season and will be cheering them on in pursuit of another WNBA Championship.”

“I am disappointed Kristen will not be joining us for our 2009 training camp,” said Agler. “After reviewing last season, I was reminded of how special Kristen’s story was. Because of her great persistence and an unbelievable work ethic, she was able to truly impact our team in a positive way. We are thankful for her contributions to the Storm on and off the court, and we wish her the best as she moves on to the next step in her career.”

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O’Neill played in two preseason games for the Storm in 2008, averaging 2.5 points and 1.0 rebound per game; she also played in 11 regular-season games for the Storm in 2008. O'Neill finished the regular season for UL Aughinish as the Superleague's leading scorer at 25.5 points per game. She also ranked in the top 10 in rebounding (9.9, sixth), steals (3.1 spg, fourth), blocks (1.6, fourth), free throws (58, third) and three-pointers (26, tied for second).

The 2009 Seattle Storm training camp roster now stands at 14 players.

The Seattle Storm will open its 2009 WNBA schedule on Saturday, June 6 in a 1 p.m. matchup vs. the Monarchs at ARCO Arena in Sacramento. The Storm returns to Seattle on Sunday, June 7 for its first KeyArena home game at 6 p.m., also against the Monarchs. The team’s June 7, 2009 home opener falls on the 10th anniversary of the city of Seattle being selected as one of four cities to receive a WNBA expansion team in 2000