(T-4th in West)
2388 (3rd overall, 2nd in West)
2274 (7th overall, 4th in West)
+3.4 (2nd overall, 1st in West)
102.6 (1st overall, 1st in West)
98.1 (7th overall, 5th in West)
Possessions per 40 min.
67.9 (9th overall, 6th in West)
What are these stats?
Award Winners & Honorees
All-WNBA First Team
2003 Draft Recap
Rd. 1 – 8, Jung Sun-Min
Rd. 2 – 22, Suzy Batkovic
Rd. 3 – 37, Chrissy Floyd
One out of four years
2002, Lost in First Round
2003 In Review:
What Went Right?
Lauren Jackson established herself as the best player in the WNBA earning league MVP honors by leading the league in scoring (21.2) and ranking third in blocks per game (1.94), fourth in rebounds per game (9.3) and sixth in field goal percentage (.483).
enjoyed a successful sophomore campaign setting a WNBA record with seven point-assist double-doubles and posting the second highest number of double-digit assist games (8) in league history. She ranked second in the WNBA in assists per game (6.5), fifth in free throw percentage (.884) and 14th in steals per game (1.41).
Jackson and Bird helped lead the Storm to the most efficient offense in the league averaging 102.4 points per 100 possessions. This is the second time that an Anne Donovan coached team has led the WNBA in Offensive Efficiency (2002 Charlotte Sting – 106.4).
Seattle increased its win total for the third straight season becoming only the second team in WNBA history to pull off that feat. Utah increased its win total five straight seasons from 1998 to 2002.
What Went Wrong?
Injuries played a large factor in Seattle’s failure to make the playoffs a year ago as Adia Barnes missed the final 18 games of the season and Kamila Vodichkova missed the final six.
Seattle dropped five in a row in mid-August and three of those games were against non-contenders Phoenix and San Antonio (two games).
The Storm failed to make the playoffs despite boasting the second best scoring differential in the WNBA. That scoring differential was artificially inflated by four wins of 25 points or more – 27 points over Indiana on June 10, 29 points over Phoenix on July 25, 36 points over Los Angeles on August 6 and 40 points over San Antonio on June 22.
|2003 Starting Line-up|
|Key 2003 Reserves|
|G||Betty Lennox (DD)|
Looking Ahead To 2004:
Can Seattle win the games it is supposed to win? If the Storm can take of business against non-playoff teams, they will sail into the postseason. In 2003, they were a disappointing 7-5 against lottery-bound teams.
After striking draft gold in 2001 (Jackson) and 2002 (Bird) Seattle’s 2003 draft class was a disappointment as first-round pick Jung Sun-Min played only 118 minutes on the year, and second-round pick Suzy Batkovic opted not to play for Seattle last season. If the Storm is going to join the WNBA’s elite, adding a third talented player through the draft or free agency is paramount.
Can Betty Lennox regain her rookie of the year form? It was just four seasons ago that Lennox took home the league’s freshman hardware, but since that time she appears to have regressed. She has yet to post a field goal percentage over .400 since her rookie season, and she has connected on just 33.3 percent of her three-pointers over the past three years. Compounding her poor shooting is the fact that Lennox loves to shoot, ranking second in the WNBA last season in shots per 40 minutes (19.2).