Storm re-sign former WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart

Storm re-sign former WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart

SEATTLE — Former WNBA MVP and Finals MVP Breanna Stewart re-signed with the Seattle Storm, the team announced Thursday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Stewart was drafted by the Storm with the first overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft after starring at the University of Connecticut.

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In three seasons with the Storm, Stewart was named WNBA Rookie of the Year, has been named an All-Star twice and was named league MVP in 2018.

“Stewie is a special player, a competitor at the most elite level and that was evident, once again, as she worked relentlessly to return to the court,” Storm CEO and general manager Alisha Valavanis said in a news release. “The Storm franchise, the fans and the entire city are excited for Stewie’s return this season.”

Stewart missed the 2019 WNBA season after tearing her Achilles tendon in April while playing for Dynamo Kursk, a Russian professional team. She returned to the court on Jan. 27 in an exhibition game with the United States women’s national team.

“At first, it was about getting back on the court, that was the motivation,” Stewart said. “Now, it’s beyond that, it’s about continued growth and supporting my teammates as we come back together in Seattle. I’m back and signed up to chase more championships."

Stewart led the Storm to their third championship in franchise history in 2018 with a series victory over the Washington Mystics.

The Storm begin their season on May 15 at the University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena against the Dallas Wings.