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Preview: Sad ending to painful season for Seattle Storm

Elaine Thompson
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Seattle Storm's Lauren Jackson is fouled during the second half of the decisive Game 3 in the Western Conference semifinal Monday. Phoenix beat Seattle 77-75. Jackson missed much of the season recovering from hip surgery.

What a difference a year makes. They were the WNBA champs in 2010, but the Seattle Storm is already out of this year's playoffs. They were eliminated in the first round by the Phoenix Mercury Monday night at KeyArena.

It's the sixth time in seven years the Storm has exited the playoffs in the first round. This was a tough year for the team – with Lauren Jackson out for much of the season to recover from hip surgery. And we've now learned that another key player was battling an injury during the season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will have more tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our commentary.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.
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