2011 WNBA Opening Weekend: Seattle Storm Vs. Phoenix Mercury

PHOENIX - JULY 14: Camille Little #20 of the Seattle Storm lays up a shot during the WNBA game against the Phoenix Mercury at US Airways Center on July 14 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. The Storm defeated the Mercury 111-107 in triple overtime.(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The two teams many consider the favorites to win the 2011 WNBA title will kick off their season with a rematch of last summer's Western Conference Finals. The defending champions Seattle Storm have added Katie Smith and are confident in their ability to repeat. The Phoenix Mercury have added size and promise to score more in the paint, defend better and still run off rebounds.

Final: 78-71

SBN Seattle summary

SBN Arizona summary

Season Previews:

2011 WNBA Preview: Will The Seattle Storm Have A Good Enough Bench To Repeat?

Phoenix Mercury: Bigger, Stronger, Tougher

DNS: Can He Swish Again? Dishin' out the 2011 WNBA Predictions

Ranking the WNBA Arenas

Storyline: These two teams seem destined to battle for supremacy in the West again this season. To have them open the season against each other will be a powerful and compelling test. There's no way to count out the loser regardless of the result, but the winner will have a leg up on the 2011 version of one of the best WNBA rivalries. 

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