Said Seattle Storm coach Jenny Boucek of the loss at Los Angeles: “They came out and they punched us in the face over and over again.”

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Reinforcements in the form of Jenna O’Hea greeted the Storm upon arriving home to Seattle following an embarrassing regular-season opening defeat in Los Angeles.

As delighted as they were to reunite with their backup forward, the Storm is fully aware of its many problems, which were on display in Sunday’s 96-66 loss to the Sparks.

“We’re very excited to have Jenna back,” guard Sue Bird said. “She’s a player that’s really experienced in this league.

“Having a player like that will always help, but I don’t think any one player — even Michael Jordan — helps in a 30-point loss necessarily because they just played that well.”

Certainly O’Hea, who started 14 of 34 games last season while averaging 5.9 points, 2.4 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 20.9 minutes, couldn’t have prevented Seattle’s dreadful start to a season that holds a little promise and lots of intrigue.

Still, the 6-foot-1 and 174-pound six-year veteran often provides the Storm a physicality on defense and a steadiness as a secondary playmaker that was absent Sunday.

“There might have been a little bit of first-time nerves and it looked like we were a bit reactive,” said O’Hea, who missed training camp, two exhibitions and the season opener while helping her European team Lattes Montpiellar win the best-of-three French Cup 2-1 on Sunday.

O’Hea’s WNBA squad was outclassed during its most lopsided defeat since a 102-69 loss to the Sparks in the 2013 opener.

There wasn’t much ambiguity about coach Jenny Boucek’s opinion of her team after Tuesday’s practice.

“We’re soft,” she said. “We have a long ways to go in terms of our toughness and our mentality and getting to a level that we need to compete at. Until we get that, the X’s and O’s aren’t going to matter a lot.

“They came out and they punched us in the face over and over again and it wasn’t until the third quarter that we even started to stand up to it.”

Seattle trailed 51-26 at halftime and outscored Los Angeles 25-14 in the third. The Storm cut its deficit to 13 points (70-57) with 7:41 remaining before the Sparks closed the game with a 26-9 run.

Boucek lamented the Storm’s 24 turnovers, woeful three-point shooting (1 of 10) and a defense that allowed L.A. to covert 54.5 percent from the field.

“There were lots of indicators that we were not at a level that we need to be at competitively,” she said. “This is a group that has great competitors in it. I think we got a little shellshocked. And collectively, we have not gone to war together.

“What’s going to be interesting is how we respond. It’s obvious to everybody involved what happened and what has to change.

“Now let’s see their response.”

Seattle plays at Phoenix at 7 p.m. Friday.

“There’s a lot of things each one of them can do better from that (opener), and the same thing for me,” said Boucek, who begins her second season with the Storm. “I learned a lot from that game and a lot of things I could have done better.”