2001: A New Hope
The Storm commences its second WNBA season with a 83-70 victory over the Phoenix Mercury at KeyArena. Storm No. 1 draft pick Lauren Jackson makes her WNBA debut and scores a game-high 21 points. The 83 points set a franchise record.
Rookie guard Semeka Randall scores a career-high and franchise-record 28 points in a 70-63 victory over the Orlando Miracle at KeyArena. The victory marked the first time that the team won two consecutive games and went two games above .500 (4-2).
The Storm scores a franchise low in points in a 58-36 loss to the Rockers at KeyArena.
The Storm falls to the Mystics 72-69 at KeyArena in the first quadruple-overtime game in WNBA history. Jackson scores a career-high 24 points and grabs a career-high 12 rebounds en route to recording the franchise’s first double-double. She also blocks a career-high five shots. Jackson and Washington’s Vicky Bullet both played a WNBA-record 55 minutes.
Jackson is named as a reserve to the Western Conference team at the 2001 WNBA All-Star Game in Orlando, Florida, becoming the first player in franchise history to receive the distinction.
Jackson scores 11 points, grabs three rebounds, hands out one assist and records three steals to help the Western Conference defeat the Eastern Conference 80-72 in the 2001 WNBA All-Star Game.
The Storm was eliminated from playoff contention after a 64-61 loss to the Starzz at KeyArena.
The Storm defeats the four-time WNBA Champion Houston Comets for the first time in franchise history, 72-55 at KeyArena.
The Storm falls to the Monarchs 72-62 in the season finale at KeyArena, finishing the franchise's second WNBA campaign with a 10-22 record, four games better than previous season.