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Storm Re-Signs Wright, Adds Beck and O'Neill to Training Camp Roster


Wright
January 7, 2009
SEATTLE
- Seattle Storm head coach and director of player personnel Brian Agler announced today the re-signing of 5-11 guard Tanisha Wright. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wright started 14 games for the Storm during the 2008 season, averaging 7.9 points and 2.5 assists per game. She scored a season-high 17 points twice, and dished a career-high 6 assists three times. Wright owns career averages of 4.8 points, 1.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game over four seasons in Seattle.

“We are extremely excited to have re-signed Tanisha as it is great to know that she will be with the Storm for the next few years,” Agler said. “Tanisha is a great competitor and I know she will help us in building a championship-caliber team.

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“We value high-character individuals and Tanisha has an exceptional character and work ethic. She is a great representative of the Seattle Storm organization whether in the local community or abroad. It is a great day for our franchise knowing that Tanisha is a part of our future.”

The former Penn State player was drafted by the Seattle Storm in the first round (12th overall selection) of the 2005 WNBA Draft.

“Seattle has been my home for four seasons and I feel truly blessed and excited for the opportunity to continue my career there with such amazing teammates, coaches and of course, the fans,” Wright said. “I look forward to returning in the spring to prepare for the Storm’s 10th Anniversary season.”


O'Neill

Beck
Additionally, guards Kimberly Beck and Kristen O’Neill have been added to the Storm’s 2009 training camp roster. Beck, selected by the Storm with the 36th pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, played in 15 games early in the season and was later released from the team’s roster on June 28, 2008. The Storm re-signed Beck for the remainder of the season on Sept. 11, 2008.

O’Neill played in two preseason games for the Storm in 2008, averaging 2.5 points and 1.0 rebound per game; she also played in 11 regular-season games for the Storm in 2008. O’Neill played in Spain during the 2007 WNBA season. The 6-1 player from Edmonds, Wash., is fifth all-time at the University of Washington in three-point field goals made.

The Seattle Storm will open its 2009 WNBA schedule on Saturday, June 6 in a 1 p.m. matchup versus the Monarchs at ARCO Arena in Sacramento. The Storm will return to Seattle on Sunday, June 7 for its first KeyArena home game at 6 p.m., also against the Monarchs. The team’s June 7, 2009 home opener falls on the 10th anniversary of the city of Seattle being selected as one of four cities to receive a WNBA expansion team in 2000.

Storm season tickets starting at just $180, group tickets and deposits for 10th Anniversary ticket packages are available now by calling 206-217-WNBA.