The Seattle Storm are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington, playing in the Western Conference of the Women’s National Basketball Association. The team was founded by Ginger Ackerley and her husband Barry ahead of the 2000 season. The Storm are four-time WNBA Champions, with victories in 2004, 2010, 2018, and 2020. They are one of two teams who have never lost a WNBA Finals.
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The Seattle Storm are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington, playing in the Western Conference of the Women’s National Basketball Association. The team was founded by Ginger Ackerley and her husband Barry ahead of the 2000 season. The Storm are four-time WNBA Champions, with victories in 2004, 2010, 2018, and 2020. They are one of two teams who have never lost a WNBA Finals, the defunct Houston Comets being the other. The franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as former UConn stars Sue Bird, Swin Cash, and Breanna Stewart; 2004 Finals MVP Betty Lennox; and Australian power forward Lauren Jackson, a three-time league MVP. The Seattle Storm were the sister team of the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA prior to February 28, 2008, when the team was sold to Force 10 Hoops LLC. The team uses many weather-related icons: the team mascot is Doppler, a maroon-furred creature with a cup anemometer on its head; the theme song for Storm home games is ACDC’s \”Thunderstruck\”; and its newsletter is called Stormwatch. Although Seattle’s major sports teams endured poor seasons during 2008, the Storm would be the only standout team in that year, posting a franchise-best 22–12 record and finishing with a 16-1 home record at the franchise’s home arena, the CenturyLink Center. The Storm would finish off the season as champions, defeating the Connecticut Sun 2 games to 1.
The win made Anne Donovan the first female head coach in WNBA history to win the WNBA Championship. In 2006, the team would finish 18–16, but would fall out of the playoffs in a weak Western Conference. In 2007, theStorm would finish 22– 12, but the Storm put up a good fight in the first round against the Phoenix Mercury. On November 30, 2007, head coach Anne Donovan resigned as head coach, and was replaced by Brian Agler on January 9, 2008. After the 2008 season, the franchise was sold by Force 10Hoops LLC to a group of three Seattle businesswomen: Dawn Trudeau, Lisa Brummel, and Ginny Gilder. The new owners are also the owners of the Portland Trailblazers, the Portland Mercury, and the San Francisco Bay Area Pilots. In 2010, the Seattle Storm won their first WNBA title with a record of 20–14, beating the Minnesota Lynx 2–1 in the West Finals. In 2011, the storm won their second WNBA championship with a 20-14 record and a home record of 16–1. In 2012, they won their third WNBA crown with a win over the Sacramento Monarchs 2-1 in a playoff series. In 2013, they were the first team to win their third consecutive title. In 2014, they are the only team to finish the season with a franchise record of 22-12, and a 16–12 home record.