That rookie year was pretty scary. Jewell Loyd can admit it now. “Last year, I got to a point where I was in the WNBA and that was awesome,” she said. “This year, it’s I want to make a statement in the WNBA. I want to be among some of the greats.”
For the Storm, this training camp – and this season, for that matter – is all about developing a championship bond between Breanna Stewart, the team’s No. 1 overall draft pick, and Jewel Loyd, the 2015 Rookie of the Year.
Stewart provides just the sort of jolt the Storm needs to re-invigorate its ever-loyal fan base. And coupled with the Huskies’ rise to Final Four caliber, it stamps Seattle as a women’s basketball haven of the first order, a distinction not lost on Stewart.
Stewart led Connecticut to a fourth consecutive national title and claimed her third national Player of the Year award. On Thursday, the Storm is expected to select her with the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft.
Breanna Stewart, the 6-foot-4 star for Connecticut, could win her fourth consecutive NCAA title Tuesday, ending what may be the greatest women’s basketball career in history. Next week, she’s almost certain to become the No. 1 draft pick of the Storm.