February 9, 2010
SEATTLE - Seattle Storm Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Brian Agler announced today the signing of 6-0 forward Le’coe Willingham. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are extremely excited to add Le’coe Willingham to the Storm roster,” said Agler. “Without question Le’coe will improve our team and provides us with the ability to be versatile in how we play and the combinations of players we place on the court. We targeted Le’coe as an individual we knew would be a great fit to our team not only because of her talent, but also her personality. She is an efficient player with a team-first mentality and has a great understanding of how to play to her strengths within the team setting. I admire Le’coe’s competitive drive – it’s something she always brings to her game whether playing in the WNBA or overseas.”
Willingham started 34 games for the WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury during the 2009 season, averaging 10.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. She scored a season- and career-high 26 points against the now defunct Sacramento Monarchs on June 13, 2009. Willingham ranks ninth on the WNBA’s all-time list for field goal percentage at .533 with 351 out of 659 field goals made.
The former Auburn University player was signed by the Connecticut Sun as a free agent on April 25, 2004. Willingham started in just five games in four seasons with the Sun before signing with the Mercury on March 10, 2008. Willingham enjoyed a breakout season in 2008, recording career highs in nearly every category including leading the WNBA in field goal percentage at .570 – a Mercury franchise record. Also in 2008, Willingham recorded her first two career double-doubles in a three-game span from June 6-14.