2014 Seattle Storm bios
Meet the Storm players. Sue Bird is back for 2014.
Noelle Quinn, guard
Age: 29, born Jan. 3, 1985 in Los Angeles.
Residence: Los Angeles.
Height: 6 feet.
How acquired: Signed by Seattle as a free agent in February 2013.
What to expect: Entering her second season in Seattle, Quinn is more comfortable and can handle being used in multiple ways. Assists average should return to her rookie season (4.4) and could break out offensively.
What’s next? “(When I was younger), I thought at 25 I wanted to be married with children. But there wasn’t a WNBA, and at 25 I realized there’s so much life to live. As I’ve gotten older I’ve just focused on the now.”
Find me: @IAmSoLA45 on Twitter.
Crystal Langhorne, forward
Age: 27, born Oct. 27, 1986 in Willingboro, N.J.
Residence: Washington, D.C.
How acquired: Via trade with Washington for Seattle’s 2013 and 2014 first-round draft picks.
What to expect: Langhorne is the latest post brought in to fill in the void left by a season-ending injury to center Lauren Jackson. Langhorne may not have the shot-blocking skills, but shoots 55.8 percent from the field.
What’s next? “I’m taking interior design classes so I can have a backup plan with that.”
Find me: @Crystalanghorne on Twitter and Instagram.
Camille Little, forward
Age: 29, born Jan. 18, 1985 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Residence: Durham, N.C.
How acquired: Via trade with Atlanta for a 2009 second-round draft pick.
What to expect: Little was disappointed at her minor dip in production last year. She’s continued to work on her three-point shot and wants to build a reputation for being an aggressive rebounder.
What’s next? “You could ask me the same thing every year and I’m going to answer the same way: Whoever is on the court, I’m going to try my best to put us in position to win championships.”
Find me: @CamilleLittle on Twitter and Instagram.
Sue Bird, point guard
Age: 33, born Oct. 10, 1980 in Syosset, N.Y.
How acquired: Drafted No. 1 overall by Seattle in April 2002.
What to expect: Bird’s returning from a knee injury. This is her first as the most experienced player on the roster. But she’s surrounded by the most offensive options in her career, so assist numbers could rise.
What’s next? “I’m trying to make the most of everything and realize this game is not going to be there forever. It’s hard to do that every single second, but I have more of an appreciation of things.”
Find me: @S10Bird on Twitter and @SBird10 on Instagram.
Tanisha Wright, guard
Age: 30, born Sept. 29, 1983 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
How acquired: Drafted by the Storm in the first round (12th overall) in 2005.
What to expect: Wright will continue to be the Storm’s best lock-down defender but won’t have to carry the team as much offensively as she did without All-Stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson last season.
What’s next? “When I do decide to walk away, I want to be able to help young girls with personal skills. I may not go into a traditional classroom, but sports teaching.”
Find me: @Brooklyn2PGH on Instagram.
Shekinna Stricklen, forward
Age: 23, born July 30, 1990 in Morrilton, Ark.
How acquired: Drafted by Seattle with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft.
What to expect: It should be a defining season for Stricklen, who admitted she underperformed last year. Her defense has improved from overseas play, and her shot is more consistent.
What’s next? “It’s something I haven’t thought about, ‘What’s next?’ For me right now, what’s next is focusing on the present.”
Find me: @strick40 on Twitter and Instagram.
Temeka Johnson, point guard
Age: 31, born Sept. 6, 1982 in New Orleans.
Residence: New Orleans.
How acquired: Signed as a free agent in February 2013.
What to expect: Johnson will move from the starting lineup to the bench but will be used as more than Bird’s backup. With Johnson leading the bench, the reserves will look just as good as the starters.
What’s next? “To continue the legacy that they have here. It’s a winning atmosphere, the fans are behind it and the people here are great. For me, it’s helping to embark on the next step.”
Find me: @Quickdeuce on Twitter @Meek2 on Instagram.
Jenna O’Hea, forward
Age: 26, born June 6, 1987 in Traralgon, Victoria, Australia.
How acquired: Via trade with Los Angeles for a 2015 second-round draft pick.
What to expect: O’Hea is learning to play power forward. She’ll have to earn extended minutes but her career 47 percent shooting from three-point range is an asset.
What’s next?: “My agent wants me to work with him. I’m not completely sold. When basketball’s done for me, it’ll be done. If I did get into being an agent, I’d be more inclined to work with some of the other sports.”
Find me: @JennaOHea on Twitter and Instagram.
Alysha Clark, forward
Age: 26, born July 7, 1987 in Denver.
Residence: Mount Juliet, Tenn.
How acquired: Signed as a free agent in April 2012.
What to expect: After working for four years to stick on a WNBA roster, this season Clark has to produce in games. She’s been told to shoot more three-pointers, knowing Clark will sacrifice percentage to gain bigger numbers.
What’s next? “Embracing a new role. It’s a bigger role than I’ve had in the past; being counted on. I’ve been working on getting my shot off quicker and remaining positive within this.”
Find me: @Alysha_Clark on Twitter and Instagram.
Nicole Powell, forward
Age: 31, born June 22, 1982 in Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Residence: Eugene, Ore.
How acquired: Signed as a free agent in May 2014.
What to expect: Powell is definitely in the twilight of her career, but hard to tell if dip in performance last season was circumstance or age. A late add to the Storm roster, she will have to adjust quickly.
What’s next? “I’ve had a lot of respect for this team for a long time. Since my home is now in the Pacific Northwest, it’s a great fit to play basketball in a place that I love. I still I have a lot to give.”
Find me: @GoDucksNP on Twitter.
Angel Robinson, center
Age: 27, April 20, 1987 in Marietta, Ga.
Hometown: Kennesaw, Ga.
How acquired: Signed as a free agent in April 2014.
What to expect: Had to rehabilitate a knee injury when she graduated from Georgia, making her first WNBA roster since being drafted in 2010. Loaded with international experience, she’ll need time to adjust.
What’s next? “To learn from one of the greatest coaches in the WNBA. (Brian Agler) is looking at me for more player development. I’m really trusting him to help me all the way offensively and defensively.”
Find me: @angelrobinson33 on Twitter.