Australian center Suzy Batkovic-Brown returned to the Storm for her second WNBA season in 2009. Originally drafted by the Storm in the second round of the 2003 WNBA Draft, Batkovic joined the team after playing in the 2004 Athens Olympics. She averaged 6.9 points and 3.2 rebounds as a rookie before opting to take her summers off and get home to Australia between seasons in Europe. Batkovic-Brown had desired to play in the WNBA again, and the timing worked out in 2009. Batkovic-Brown is a proven international performer who has starred in Euroleague and started for the Opals in both the 2004 and 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning silver medals both times. She was second on the Opals in scoring (11.8 ppg) and tops in rebounding (7.8 rpg) in Beijing and is known for her ability to play in the high post as a versatile center. It took Batkovic-Brown some time to readjust to the WNBA in 2009, but she shined in the playoffs, averaging 12.7 ppg and shooting 53.8 percent from three-point range.
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