With its No. 1 overall pick, the Storm selected Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd, who averaged a career-high 19.8 points. With the third pick, Seattle selected Connecticut forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, the NCAA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (398).
Seattle has the Nos. 1 and 3 overall picks in the WNBA draft, which will air at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. The leading candidates to map the Storm’s future are University of Minnesota center Amanda Zahui B., Connecticut forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd.
All-Americans Amanda Zahui B. (Minnesota) and Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame) spiked a ho-hum field with excitement when they declared early for Thursday’s WNBA draft. Their decisions dramatically changed Storm general manager Alisha Valavanis’ mock drafts created last winter.
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi had what was described as successful surgery to repair a broken bone in her left hand in Los Angeles.Taurasi, 32, was injured while playing in a game for her Russian club team, UMMC Ekaterinburg.
Ramu Tokashiki, a 6-foot-3 forward, had 25 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday to help Jx-Eneos Sunflowers win its seventh straight Women’s Japan Basketball League championship. She was named the postseason MVP, winning a league title all four of her years with the team.