There were a couple of great stories from Saturday night’s Storm win at Phoenix that couldn’t entirely be told until we had the photos to go with them. Now we do, thanks to the Mercury PR Department.
During halftime, Phoenix recognized tennis pioneer Billie Jean King as one of the Mercury’s Women of Inspiration (stay tuned for the Storm’s own Women of Inspiration Night on July 30 against Chicago). After the game, King visited both locker rooms to speak to the players and pose for a photo.
“It was nice and it was cool for her to just be in here,” said Storm forward Camille Little. “Nobody else could say that she came to talk to them. She talked about being champions and making people around you better in any game you play. If you’re going to try to be a great player, great players make people around them better.”
Before the game, former Mercury forward Le’coe Willingham received her 2009 WNBA championship ring from Phoenix GM Ann Meyers Drysdale. Willingham, who signed with the Storm as a free agent in February, started every game for the Mercury last season.