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2002: The Storm Make the Playoffs!

May 30th: The 2002 season started with greater hope and higher expectations for the Storm. The team was excited to welcome No. 1pick Sue Bird to Seattle. The point guard had won two NCAA titles with UConn. Seattle hosted New York in the season opener. Bird made an impressive debut, scoring 18 points and dishing out six assists. However, the Storm lost to the Liberty, 78-61, with Lauren Jackson watching from the sidelines due a sprained right ankle.


Rookie Sue Bird was integral to Seattle's success in 2002.

June 2nd: The Storm captured its first win of the season against Portland at the Rose Garden. Rookie Sue Bird led the team to a 57-47 win. Bird scored 14 points and had four assists. Kamila Vodichkova added seven points and 10 rebounds. This game would start a three-game winning streak for Seattle.

June 4th: Seattle fans finally saw what all the hype was about with Sue Bird. Against Minnesota, Bird showcased her offensive skills and her ability to involve her teammates. She led Seattle with 27 points and seven assists to lead the Storm to a 78-68 overtime victory. Kamila Vodichkova was a presence in the paint, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

June 14th: Lauren Jackson scored a season-high 23 points, leading the Storm to 90-82 win over Phoenix. The 90 points were a franchise record.

June 17th: Seattle acquired Amanda Lassiter from the Houston Comets in exchange for Sonja Henning.

June 23rd: The Storm etched a new chapter in franchise history by beating Sacramento for the first time and by the largest margin of victory, 86-60, ever at KeyArena

June 27th: The Storm mounted one of the most impressive comebacks in team history, erasing a 10-point Orlando lead with less than seven minutes remaining. The Storm went on to beat the Miracle 73-71 at KeyArena thanks to a Michelle Marciniak layup that beat the buzzer.

July 11th: In one of the biggest moments in Storm history, the Storm routed the defending WNBA Champion Sparks 79-60. Lauren Jackson scored 21 points. Rookie Felicia Ragland added 19 points off the bench and hit five of the Storm's franchise-record 13 three-pointers.

July 15th: Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson represented the Storm at the WNBA All-Star Game in Washington D.C. Jackson came off the bench to score 15 points. Bird started the game and finished with two points and seven assists.

July 22nd: Seattle acquired Kate Starbird from the Utah Starzz in exchange for Semeka Randall.


Lauren Jackson, along with Bird, represented the Storm at the WNBA All-Star Game.
July 25th: Lauren Jackson's career-high 27 points led the Storm to a new franchise high for wins in a season and stopped a three-game losing streak. Orlando fell to Seattle 79-76.

August 1st: The Storm extended its franchise-record win streak to five games, including four on the road, and pulled within a half game of Portland for the final berth of the Western Conference playoffs with a 81-76 win over the Sparks at the Staples Center. Lauren Jackson led the team with 19 points. Sue Bird added 17 points and 10 assists.

August 9th: Sue Bird's career-high and franchise-record 33 points and Lauren Jackson's 23-point, 13-rebound effort led the Storm to a 83-74 victory over Portland in front of a sold-out KeyArena. The win pulled the Storm within one win of the first playoff berth in franchise history.

August 11th: Lauren Jackson scored a career-high-tying 27 points and blocked a franchise-record eight shots to lead the Storm to its first-ever playoff berth with a 74-57 win over the Utah Starzz at KeyArena.

August 15th: In its first-ever playoff game, the Storm couldn't overcome the hot-shooting Los Angeles Sparks. Seattle lost Game 1, 78-61.

August 17th: The Storm shot below 40 percent for the second straight game in a 69-59 loss as the Sparks sealed a series sweep of Seattle in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs.