WNBA president Laurel Richie says expansion a ‘couple years down road’

Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans will have a weekly conversation with a WNBA newsmaker. This week she speaks with league president Laurel J. Richie, who enters the second part of the season juggling team-relocation announcements and improving outreach.

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Storm drops close one to Sun, 67-66

Shekinna Stricklen scored off a rebound with 8.2 seconds left to give Connecticut the lead and finished with 15 points in the Sun’s 67-66 victory over the Seattle Storm on Friday night.

Storm patient with newly acquired Monica Wright

The Storm is willing to be patient with Monica Wright, out indefinitely after undergoing knee surgery, because the team is in a long-term rebuild. The Storm is guaranteed to have Wright for two seasons, giving her time to rehabilitate in hopes of at least one productive season.

Sue Bird of Storm to start in Saturday’s All-Star Game

Sue Bird of the Storm will start for the West team in Saturday’s All-Star Game in Uncasville, Conn. Bird will be joined in the starting backcourt by DeWanna Bonner of Phoenix. They replace Skylar Diggins and Seimone Augustus, who have knee injuries.

Elena Delle Donne leads Chicago Sky past Atlanta

Elena Delle Donne scored 21 of her 27 points in the second half, Allie Quigley added a season-high 23 and the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 97-92 in the teams’ final game before the All-Star break.