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.”
New York Stats/Notes
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||—||—||—|