SEATTLE - Seattle Storm Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Brian Agler announced today that Melanie Thomas has decided to forego her opportunity to participate in the Seattle Stormís 2009 training camp after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Thomas averaged 22.3 points (fourth in Basketball Irelandís SuperLeague), 5.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game for the Bausch and Lomb Waterford Wildcats. She played four seasons Ė from 2004 to 2008 Ė for the UConn Huskies, averaging 9.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. In 2007, Thomas played for the U.S. Pan American Games team, which won the gold medal, and was named the Big Eastís Most Improved Player. Thomas was also a Big East Academic All-Star in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and earned Big East honorable mention honors in 2006.
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 teamís June 7, 2009 home opener falls on the 10thanniversary of the city of Seattle being selected as one of four cities to receive a WNBA expansion team in 2000.
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