Three years after the Storm drafted Allie Quigley, she’s made the team. The 5-10 guard was signed to a seven-day contract on Sunday, filling the roster spot vacated when Krystal Thomas‘ contract expired.
“It’s cool to be back,” Quigley said after Monday’s practice at Seattle Pacific University. “I’m familiar with it. It’s a great group of girls who are really talented and just good people, so it’s good to be playing again.”
Quigley was Brian Agler’s first draft pick as the Storm’s head coach and general manager, but she did not make the roster out of training camp. Quigley hooked on with the Phoenix Mercury and spent two seasons there before seeing action with both the Indiana Fever and the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2010.
During the winter, Quigley has been a key player for Hungarian club Pecs 2010 and was selected for the All-Star Game after 14.1 points per game last season in Euroleague play. The experience means the Quigley the Storm is getting now is not the same one the team had in 2008.
“She’s a more confident player,” said Agler. “She’s got four years – and a couple of years playing in the Euroleague with good teams. She’s played against great competition. She’s a much more confident player overall, both offensively and defensively, than she was three years ago.”
Shooting is Quigley’s calling card, but she’s more than just a standstill jumpshooter. In college, Quigley played some point guard, and her ballhandling ability could come in handy for the Storm, which has been on the lookout for a perimeter player to balance out the roster.
With Ewelina Kobryn stepping up in the post, the guard spots became a need for the Storm, if only to have more players able to play the position during practice.
“We’re trying to keep people rested and fresh as much as possible,” explained Agler. “You need bodies to do that.”
In addition to Quigley’s experience with the Storm, she impressed during a workout in her native Chicago before the All-Star break. That earned her the call when the Storm decided to make a move. Now, Quigley’s past history with Agler’s system is coming into handy as she attempts to pick things up on the fly.
“A lot of it’s actually really similar, so that helps a lot,” she said. “I’m thrown in halfway. It’s nice to remember stuff and have some familiarity.”