The Seattle Storm re-signed Breanna Stewart Thursday after Stewart missed last season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Seattle Storm re-signed Breanna Stewart Thursday after Stewart missed last season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Storm re-sign superstar Breanna Stewart

The former WNBA MVP missed last season due to an Achilles injury.

Associated Press

SEATTLE — The Seattle Storm re-signed superstar Breanna Stewart, the team announced Thursday.

After missing the 2019 WNBA season because of a ruptured right Achilles tendon, Stewart made her return to the court on Jan. 27, 2020, as a member of the United States women’s national team in an exhibition game against her alma mater, Connecticut.

“At first, it was about getting back on the court, that was the motivation,” Stewart said in a statement. “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.”

Terms of the details were not disclosed.

Stewart acted as an ambassador for the WNBA and was paid by the league last season.

In her first three years in Seattle, Stewart won 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year, was selected to the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game and was the 2018 WNBA MVP and WNBA Finals MVP while leading the Storm to the franchise’s third WNBA title.

“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 on. “The Storm franchise, the fans and the entire city are excited for Stewie’s return this season.”

Seattle will open its season against Dallas on May 15 at the University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena.

The Storm, who used Angel of the Winds Arena as one of their temporary homes during the 2019 season, will do so again in 2020, with eight home games in August and September set to be played in Everett.

Everett will host all eight Storm home games following the midseason break for the 2020 Olympics, which take place July 24-Aug. 9 in Tokyo. Seattle’s first game following the break is Aug. 16 against the Las Vegas Aces, which will be at Angel of the Winds. The Storm also conclude the season with five straight home games from Sept. 8-20. Two of the games in Everett will be televised nationally: The Aug. 25 game against the Minnesota Lynx will be on ESPN2, while the Sept. 13 game against the Phoenix Mercury will be on ABC.

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