Game: Seattle Storm (6-7) at New York Liberty (4-9) When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey Meeting: First TV: None
One of the WNBA’s most balanced scoring teams just added more depth.
The Seattle Storm signed Svetlana Abrosimova Friday. A forward on the Storm’s 2010 WNBA championship team, Abrosimova will return after playing two years in the Russian Premier League to join the Storm Saturday afternoon when it tries to extend its five-game winning streak against the New York Liberty. “Svetlana obviously has got experience with our team,” said head coach Brian Agler on the team’s website. “She was part of our championship team in 2010 — played a really big role on that team. She’s an aggressive defensive player; she’s a risk-taker. I don’t think that’s so bad for our team right now. I think she gives us length on the perimeter. She gives us another ballhandler in the pick-and-roll. I think she’ll do well with the people we have.”
The nine-year WNBA veteran, who won a college national title with Sue Bird in 2000 at Connecticut averaged 7.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game during the Storm’s most recent championship run. She became available after Russia left her off the national team she led to a bronze medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Storm cut oft-injured Victoria Dunlap Wednesday to make room for Abrosimova.
Agler thinks his newest addition can help Seattle on both ends as it tries to continue its revival from a poor start.
“There are some areas that we need to improve in,” he said on the team site. “And one is getting transition baskets. Two is getting to the free throw line. Three is getting second opportunities. I think Svetlana can help us in all those areas.”
- Sue Bird logged another stellar performance in Tuesday’s 79-71 win over the Mystics. She finished with 25 points on 9-14 shooting. She leads the team in scoring with 13.5 ppg.
- Ann Wauters (10.3) and reserve Tina Thompson (10.1) also are averaging double figures.
- Saturday’s game is Seattle’s second in four-game road swing. The Storm is 2-6 away from KeyArena.
- After a horrific 1-7 start, the Storm is fourth in the Western Conference, one game behind the San Antonio Silver Stars.
- At 37, Thompson is still scorching defenses, shooting 89.5 percent from the charity stripe and nearly 47 percent from beyond the arc.
New York Stats/Notes
- The Liberty, fifth in the East, is led by Cappie Pondexter. The guard from Rutgers is averaging 18.7 points per game on 40 percent shooting.
- The Liberty came out flat Sunday against the Atlanta Dream, falling behind 26-16 after one quarter and never caught up, losing 74-64.
Coaches: Brian Agler is in his fifth season with Seattle. John Whisenant is in his second season with the Liberty.
Coming Up: The Storm continues its four-game road swing Sunday against the Phoenix Mercury.
SEATTLE STORM 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS:
|5/18/12||vs. Los Angeles||L||66-72||0-1|
|5/22/12||at Los Angeles||L||74-61||0-2|
|6/3/12||at Los Angeles||L||65-67||1-4|
|6/9/12||at San Antonio||L||67-80||1-6|
|6/22/12||vs. San Antonio||W||82-76||4-7|
|6/30/12||at New York||—||—||—|
|7/7/12||at Los Angeles||—||—||—|
|8/18/12||vs. Los Angeles||—||—||—|
|8/26/12||vs. New York||—||—||—|
|9/14/12||at San Antonio||—||—||—|
|9/21/12||vs. San Antonio||—||—||—|