The Storm added veterans, hoping to boost their No. 1 overall draft picks Jewell Loyd (2015) and Breanna Stewart (2016) into WNBA champions.
Noelle Quinn wasn’t exactly pumped about Saturday’s trade to Seattle.
Quinn, 31, spoke with Storm coach Jenny Boucek during free agency last winter about signing with the team. Boucek told the 10-year veteran about the good young pieces on the roster and her coaching philosophy.
Quinn has an affinity for Seattle, playing for the Storm from 2013-14. But joining a youth movement?
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“Being at the tail end of my career, I want to win a championship and end on a high note,” Quinn said of re-signing with Phoenix. “I didn’t know how fast (Seattle) would get to a championship or get to winning.”
Quinn had a different impression after one practice and game with the team this week. Her addition, along with re-signing fifth-year veteran Krystal Thomas, signifies the end of the Storm’s youth movement.
Boucek stated after Tuesday’s win, the Storm is now focused on finding veterans to join mainstay Sue Bird in shaping No. 1 overall draft picks Jewell Loyd (2015) and Breanna Stewart (2016) into WNBA champions.
Quinn, a 6-foot guard, has yet to win a WNBA title. But she’s a versatile role player who can back up Bird at the point-guard position, make solid defensive plays and provide another calming voice on the court.
Stewart noticed a difference in the win, 84-81 against Atlanta on Tuesday at KeyArena. It was Seattle’s second win against a playoff-bound team, if the season were to end today, and marked the Storm’s first back-to-back wins of the season.
Quinn and Thomas combined for 25 minutes against the Dream, grabbing two rebounds each. Quinn also had two assists.
The Storm (6-9) hosts Dallas (7-9) on Thursday.
“They knew what to do,” said Stewart, who had a career-best 38 points Tuesday. “Just hearing them on the court, hearing their advice, that definitely helped.”
The Storm remains in the eighth and final playoff spot in the WNBA’s new seedings format where the top eight teams overall advance.
Back in the Storm locker room again, Quinn sees postseason potential. She helped an unlikely Storm team advance in 2013, Bird’s only missed WNBA season due to a knee injury.
“They’re going to get there fast,” Quinn said.