September 21, 2007
SEATTLE - At a press conference in downtown Seattle today, Professional Basketball Club Chairman Clay Bennett announced that the team will play its 2008 season at KeyArena. 2008 will mark the eighth season for the Storm in Seattle.
“The Seattle Storm will play their games in Seattle next year,” Bennett said. “We’ve seen enormous support for the Storm come through the office, and we truly believe that the Storm is a tremendous asset. We’re very pleased we could make this announcement today. We’re looking forward to having a competitive season next year.”
“Obviously we’re thrilled that the Storm will be back in 2008 in front of some of the best and most loyal fans in the WNBA,” said Storm Chief Operating Officer Karen Bryant. “Today’s announcement by Clay Bennett allows us to really start to build positive momentum toward next season.”
The Storm finished the 2007 campaign on a three-game win streak, clinching a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year and fifth time in franchise history. Seattle joined Connecticut, Detroit and Sacramento as the only teams to qualify for the playoffs in each of the last four seasons. The Storm was eliminated from the playoffs by the eventual WNBA Champions, the Phoenix Mercury.
The 2007 season one was one for the record books as Sue Bird became the youngest WNBA player to reach the 1,000 career assist mark, and Lauren Jackson became the youngest WNBA player to score 4,000 career points. For their efforts, they were both named WNBA All-Stars. Jackson also tied a WNBA record by scoring 47 points in a game at Washington on July 24 and set a new record for the most 30-point games in a season with nine and in league history with 17. The Storm forward was rewarded at season’s end by being named WNBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Peak Performer for leading the league in both scoring and rebounding. The Storm also celebrated its 1,000,000th fan this past season.
Head Coach Anne Donovan climbed into second place on the WNBA All-Time Win List and still holds the distinction of being the only female head coach to win 100 career games and a WNBA Championship.