The WNBA is saying its official good-bye Saturday to F Tina Thompson, who is retiring after a storied 17-year season. She leaves as the all-time leading scorer and winner of four WNBA championships among other feats commendable for the league’s original No. 1 draft pick in 1997.
But Thompson, 38, is far from done. The Storm, which hosts Tulsa on Saturday, makes its WNBA-record 10th straight postseason appearance when it faces top-seed Minnesota on Friday at the Target Center for the best-of-three opening round. So, technically there’s at least two games remaining for the Los Angeleno, who also starred at USC.
Thompson signed a two-year contract with Seattle to win one for the thumb. Without franchise All-Stars Lauren Jackson (hamstring) and Sue Bird (knee), no one expected the Storm to even challenge for a postseason spot. The Storm was swept by the Lynx in the regular-season series by an average of 17.3 points. But that doesn’t mean the postseason is lost as ownership figured the regular-season would be, allowing a scheduling snafu to push Seattle from its KeyArena homecourt to the Tacoma Dome for the first time in its 10-year postseason run.
Last season Minnesota swept Indiana in a home-and-home series in September 2012 only to lose 3-1 to the Fever in the best-of-five WNBA Finals. Can the Storm pull off that feat, already losing to the Lynx three times in September? Only seven times in league history has a team won the playoff series against an opponent who swept the regular-season series.
Tickets to witness Thompson’s true final run are available to general public Monday at 9 a.m.
Storm Announces Dates for First Round of 2013 WNBA Playoffs
Tickets Available to General Public on Monday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.
SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm will host the Minnesota Lynx in game two of the 2013 WNBA Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., which will be broadcast on ESPN2, as announced by the WNBA.
Minnesota will host game one on Friday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. on NBA TV. Game three, if necessary, will be in Minnesota on Tuesday, Sept. 24 with game time not yet announced.
The Storm will be making its WNBA record 10th-consecutive appearance in the playoffs. Seattle’s first-round game will be played at the Tacoma Dome due to a scheduling conflict with KeyArena. Tickets for the 2013 playoffs will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.
Onsite parking at the Tacoma Dome will be available for $15 per vehicle on game day. Fans can also Use Sound Transit and Pierce Transit bus service to make the trip to the game. On Monday, Sept. 16, single-game and group tickets will be available, with groups of 10 or more earning additional savings. Fans can visit StormBasketball.com to purchase tickets and for more information about playoffs at the Tacoma Dome.
This is the third time Seattle has met Minnesota in the Western Conference Semifinals. The two teams met in 2004 with Seattle sweeping the series 2-0 en route to winning the 2004 WNBA Championship. Last year, the Lynx won the series 2-1 and advanced to the 2012 WNBA Finals, losing to the Indiana Fever. Minnesota has swept the 2013 regular-season series with Seattle, 4-0. Only seven times in league history has a team won the playoff series against an opponent who swept the regular-season series.
The Storm finishes the regular season with a game against the Tulsa Shock on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. To listen to all Storm games, tune in to The Fan AM 1090, the Seattle home of the CBS Sports Radio Network for Dick Fain and Adia Barnes.