The Seattle Storm are looking to defend their 2020 title.
And with the first half of the season in the books, they’re leading the way and seemingly will be the team to beat yet again this season.
At 16-5 overall and atop of the Western Conference standings, first-year head coach Noelle Quinn has led the new-look Storm team to early success after quickly building team chemistry this year.
While the WNBA is in the middle of its Olympic break, Quinn is thankful for her players' opportunities to represent their countries.
She is also grateful for what Team USA head coach Dawn Staley has been able to do to change the coaching game for black women everywhere.
Staley is the first black woman to coach the Team USA women's squad.
Quinn is the first black woman in franchise history to head up the Seattle Storm.
At just 36 years old, Quinn, who was selected No. 4 overall by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2007 WNBA draft, is energized by Staley.
“I grew up watching Dawn as well and as a high school athlete, I got a chance to be recruited by her when she was coaching Temple,” Quinn said. “And for me, it is inspiring to see someone who looks like me, someone who was a player and understands the grind of this game.”
Even though Quinn went on to play for UCLA instead of playing for Coach Staley, she has always respected what Staley has been able to do for the game of basketball.
Now in her 13th year coaching the Women’s basketball program at South Carolina, Staley is looking to lead Team USA to its fifth gold medal.
Quinn explained the attributes that have made Staley’s such a successful head coach.
“I look up to the women who are paving the way for us to have these opportunities that I have.”