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The Seattle Storm make eighth consecutive playoff berth: A look at their historic run
As predicted, the Seattle Storm started off the Labor Day weekend right with a victory over the Tulsa Shock at BOK Center on Friday, September 2, to clinch their spot in the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year.
The game against Tulsa may have seemed like a no-brainer, but the Shock have improved their game immensely over the last few weeks, and captured a win over the second place Connecticut Sun that broke a 20-game losing streak.
The 2011 season has not been an easy one for the Storm. They've experienced a lot of difficulties on the road, and going into Tulsa their record was a dismal 4-11. The injury to MVP Lauren Jackson really threw the team for a loop this year, and the loss of their key player was a big factor in many of their disappointing games.
Since the return of Jackson, Seattle's overall record is 6-1, and there is little doubt of the major impact she has on the team.
The Storm's playoff berth in 2011 marks the eighth consecutive season that the team has moved on to postseason play, tying the record held by the Los Angeles Sparks when they went to the playoffs each year between 1999 and 2006.
Here is a brief look at the Storm's historic run in the WNBA.
Last year, Seattle clinched their spot in the playoffs with the Indiana Fever's win over the Los Angeles Sparks on July 22, 2010. It was an incredible year, and they ultimately went on to win the championship.
On August 27, 2009, the Storm clinched their sixth consecutive playoff berth when they beat the Connecticut Sun, 86-74. Unfortunately, in postseason they lost in the first round to the Los Angeles Sparks.
Seattle ultimately lost to the Los Angeles Sparks in the western conference semifinals.
A victory over the Washington Mystics on August 11, 2007 put the Storm into their fourth consecutive playoff opportunity. Seattle went on to lose in the first round to the Phoenix Mercury on August 26, 2007.
The Storm just barely made it into the playoffs as the fourth seed, and lost to the Los Angeles Sparks in three games.
2005 was the sixth season for the Seattle Storm franchise, and though they did reach the playoffs, they lost in the first round to the now defunct, Houston Comets.
2004 was the team's first championship year, and it was Seattle's head coach, Anne Donovan, who was determined to get them there. It was the victory over the Phoenix Mercury on September 15, 2004, that clinched their playoff berth with a final score of 73-58.
Of course, we all know, the Storm, with only five years history in the WNBA, went on to capture their first championship title.
I began watching the Seattle Storm during their 2010 championship season. I am now a die-hard fan, driving more than three hours from my home on the Oregon coast to watch the team play in Seattle.
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