Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson was told her basketball career could have ended if she had not undergone surgery this week on her knee and Achilles tendon.
Tina Thompson had 27 points and 13 rebounds to help the veteran Seattle Storm hold off the San Antonio Silver Stars 72-71 on Tuesday night to fortify their postseason hopes.
Temeka Johnson scored nine of her 18 points during a key eight-minute stretch in the second half and the Seattle Storm beat the Los Angeles Sparks 77-57 on Tuesday night.
Seattle Storm forward Tina Thompson, the first overall pick in the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997, announced Friday that she will retire after this season.
The Seattle Storm will be without three-time league MVP Lauren Jackson for the 2013 season while she stays in Australia to recover from recent hamstring surgery.
Lindsay Whalen scored 20 points, Seimone Augustus had 19 and the defending champion Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 78-70 in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night.
United States women's basketball point guard Sue Bird did not play in the U.S. exhibition game against Brazil on Monday night because of a death in the family.
Lauren Jackson scored a season-high 23 points to lead the Seattle Storm past the Tulsa Shock 101-74 on Thursday night.
DeWanna Bonner scored 24 points, Samantha Prahalis added 16 and Diana Taurasi had 13 to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 75-68 on Thursday night to end a 10-game losing streak.
Seimone Augustus scored 22 points, Maya Moore had 20 and Rebekkah Brunson had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Seattle Storm 86-73 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive win.
The Los Angeles Sparks' balanced offense was no match for the injury-depleted Seattle Storm. Kristi Toliver scored 23 points to lead all five starters in double-digit scoring and the Sparks defeated the Storm 83-59 on Saturday.
Camille Little scored five of her game-high 27 points in overtime and added nine rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun 89-83 on Sunday.
Nneka Ogwumike scored with 2.5 seconds remaining to lift the Sparks to a 67-65 victory over Seattle on Sunday night.
Kristi Toliver scored 10 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Sparks overcame a 21-point deficit in the second half to beat the Seattle Storm 72-66 on Friday night in the WNBA season opener
Sue Bird scored 27 points and Camille Little added 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Seattle Storm to their first win of the season, 76-58 over the Tulsa Shock on Friday night.