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WNBA: Seattle Storm begin new era against Minnesota Lynx in home opener

2024 Seattle Storm Media Day

The Seattle Storm will host the Minnesota Lynx this Tuesday, May 14 as part of the WNBAโ€™s 2024 slate of opening day games. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on WNBA League Pass, as well as local channels for both the Seattle and Minneapolis regions.

The Storm are coming off a down year in which they went just 11-29, but rather than languishing through an extended rebuilding period, Seattle was able to add a significant amount of talent in free agency, signing Skylar Diggins-Smith and Nneka Ogwumike to play alongside incumbent star Jewell Loyd. Both Diggins-Smith and Ogwumike mentioned wanting to play with Loyd during their introductory press conference, and also cited the Stormโ€™s investment in their players as another reason for choosing to play in Seattle.

The Seattle Storm made a massive statement in free agency by signing star players Skylar Diggins-Smith (left) and Nneka Ogwumike.
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Diggins-Smith and Ogwumike are two of the most decorated players in WNBA history, totaling a combined 14 All-Star appearances and 12 All-WNBA honors, and bringing them on to play with Loydโ€”a five-time All-Star and three-time All-WNBA honoree herself, as well as last seasonโ€™s scoring championโ€”has created quite a buzz around what the Storm are building. Itโ€™s safe to say that Seattle will be back in the mix as a contending team in 2024; ESPN recently ranked the Storm No. 4 in its preseason power rankings, and though the team will be depending on a few relative unknowns, such as rookie guard Nika Mรผhl, to contribute off its bench, it certainly has enough high-end talent to overcome any imperfections elsewhere on its roster.

Seattle will begin its journey against a team that made some big offseason moves of its own. The Lynx completely revamped their guard rotation, signing Courtney Williams and trading for Natisha Hiedeman, and also signed forward Alanna Smith, who is coming off a breakout 2023 campaign in Chicago.

The star of the show in Minnesota, however, will still be Napheesa Collier. In her fifth season in the WNBA, Collier had a career year, averaging 21.5 points per game and earning All-WNBA First Team honors, and the offseason moves the Lynx made undoubtedly had those respective playersโ€™ fits with Collier in mind. Minnesota will also look to continue…

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