Storm signs Stephanie Talbot, Tamera Young

Pair will join Seattle Storm in Training Camp

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Seattle Storm announced today the team has signed Stephanie Talbot and Tamera “Ty” Young to training camp contracts. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Talbot’s player rights were acquired Wednesday, Feb. 10 in return for Sami Whitcomb.

Talbot began her WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury, spending two seasons there before she was traded to the Minnesota Lynx in 2019. In her three years in the league, Talbot has shot 40% from the floor and averaged 16 minutes per game. She shot a career-high 46.4% from the field in 2018.

“I am really excited to join the Seattle Storm,” Talbot said. “I have always followed the team, its culture and success and I look forward to being a part of it. I also look forward to continuing the great relationship the team has with some of Australia’s Greatest. I can’t wait to get over to training camp.”

In 2020, Talbot, an Australian national, was traded to the New York Liberty. Most recently, Talbot played in Australia with the Adelaide Lightning of the WNBL, where she averaged 18.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. She was named WNBL MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and received All-WNBL First Team honors.

Young is a veteran WNBA player, with 12 years of pro experience. She most recently played with the Las Vegas Aces, after signing with the team as a free agent in 2019. Young was selected No. 8 overall by the Atlanta Dream in the 2008 WNBA draft. She was traded to Chicago in 2009 and helped lead the Sky to the 2014 WNBA Finals. In 2017, she was traded back to the Dream.

“I’m grateful to be continuing my basketball career with the Seattle Storm,” Young said. “I love this game of basketball with all my heart, and I’m more committed than ever to maintain the highest level of physical and mental fitness.  Seattle is truly the perfect Storm. With our balance of veteran leadership and bold youth, there is nothing preventing us from competing for a championship!”

Young has 372 career games under her belt with 208 starts and has played over 30 games in 10 of her WNBA seasons. She has a career shooting percentage of 39.8%.

Young attended James Madison University, where she set what was at the time the Colonial Athletic Association all-time scoring record.