SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm today announced that Emily Potter and Khaalia Hillsman have signed with the franchise, bringing the team’s training camp tally to 16 players. This marks the first time in Manitoba basketball history that a player from Manitoba has signed a contract with a WNBA franchise.
Emily Potter was a defensive stopper while playing for the Utah Utes. The 6-6 Canadian left the program boasting school records in single-season (89) and career blocks (215), and she was the first player in Utah women’s basketball history to register 1,500+ points, 1,000+ rebounds and 200+ blocks in a career. During her senior season, Potter was named All-Conference and All-Defensive honorable mention by the Pac-12 coaches, and she capped her college career ranked 11th in scoring (1,635) and fifth in rebounding (1,037). Potter’s final three seasons at Utah saw the Utes make consecutive trips to the WNIT, including a third-round appearance in 2016.
“I am so excited to have this opportunity with the Storm,” said Potter. “I’m feeling very thankful right now that I get to try out for the Storm and play with and meet amazing women. I can’t wait to learn new things from the coaching staff and just have fun doing what I love.”
Hillsman, a 6-5 center out of Texas A&M, recently led the Aggies to the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, capping her senior campaign with 26 wins, the most of her career in College Station, Texas. She posted 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in 2017-18, as well as a career-best 48 blocks. She capped her Aggie career ranked ninth in career points (1,406), fourth in rebounds (842), third in blocks (141) and first in double-doubles with 24 for her career. On Jan. 7, 2018, Hillsman mustered a career-high 31 points on 10-for-11 shooting to go along with 10 boards in a win at Auburn, one of nine double-doubles during her final collegiate season.
“Playing in the WNBA has long been a dream of mine,” said Hillsman. “Being able to compete against the best players in the world is the opportunity of a lifetime. Coach Dan Hughes is a legend, and I can’t wait to soak up knowledge from him and the entire Storm coaching staff.”
Seattle added two in the 2018 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm on April 12, selecting 5-6 guard Jordin Canada from UCLA in the first round (fifth overall) and Teana Muldrow, a 6-1 forward from West Virginia in the third round (29th overall). The Storm also signed Brittany McPhee out of Stanford to a training camp contract on April 16.
The Storm tips off the 2018 slate against the Phoenix Mercury on May 20 during Opening Night presented by Swedish, with start time set for 6 p.m. PT at KeyArena. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Sue Bird bobblehead to celebrate her league record-breaking assist last season at Washington, and her game-worn jersey from that contest will also be on display, allowing fans to take photos and capture a visual taste of WNBA history.
Fans can secure the best seats in the house with Storm 360 Memberships, available now, starting at $216, available online or by calling (206) 217-WNBA (9622). Packages and group discounts are available at 206-217-WNBA (9622).
READ ARTICLE IN SALT LAKE CITY TRIBUNE
READ ARTICLE IN SEATTLE TIMES