Jordin Canada, Noelle Quinn win WNBA Title with Seattle Storm
BRADENTON, FLA. – The Seattle Storm won the 2020 WNBA Finals on Tuesday evening, defeating the Las Vegas Aces, 92-59, to secure a 3-0 series victory. Former Bruin point guard Jordin Canada ('18) won her second title in three years with Seattle while recent UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Noelle Quinn ('07) won her first championship as an Associate Head Coach for the Storm.
Canada, UCLA's all-time leading assister, has now won a pair of WNBA titles in just three years in the league. As a rookie in 2018, she helped Seattle sweep the Washington Mystics in the Finals. Quinn, No. 6 on the UCLA all-time scoring list, also played for the Storm in 2018 and won her first championship that year. She retired in the offseason and transitioned into coaching, as she was hired on to the Storm's staff.
"I am thrilled for Jordin and Noey," said The Michael Price Family Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close. "The work done in the dark always gets revealed in the light and you are seeing that with them. Countless hours of practice, fighting through mentally during these difficult times, using their platform for change and standing for what's right, and at the same time competing at the highest level in the world. Wow! So much to be proud of. Champions made here, from the inside out."
Canada started 11 games for the Storm this season and averaged a career-high 5.5 assists in the "Wubble". She scored 15 points off the bench and added five rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's closeout game.
UCLA senior forward Michaela Onyenwere played with Canada on the Bruins' squad during the 2017-18 season and was elated for her former teammate.
"I'm just so happy to see Jordin excel in fulfilling her dreams and win yet another WNBA championship, her second in three years as a pro," Onyenwere said. "No one deserves it more and I'm proud of her! Seeing her do that inspires me as I, hopefully, move on to the next level of my basketball career after this season. I'm just so grateful to be able to be a part of a program that continues to produce WNBA talent year after year."
Bruins in the WNBA
UCLA Women's Basketball had further representation in the WNBA this past season.
Monique Billings ('18) had a breakout season in her third season with the Atlanta Dream, starting 16 games and putting up career-highs in points (8.5 ppg) and rebounds (8.5 rpg) per contest. Billings opened her season with a dominant performance against the Dallas Wings, scoring a career-best 30 points and adding 13 boards. Billings finished her career as UCLA's No. 2 all-time rebounder (1,159 reb) and scored 1,761 points for the Bruins.
Kennedy Burke ('19) was the Bruins' third active player in the WNBA, as she completed her second year with the Indiana Fever. Burke put up a career-high 7.2 points per game and notched three games with at least 10 points in the Wubble. Burke scored 1,513 points in her UCLA career and helped lead the Bruins to four-straight Sweet 16 appearances across her collegiate.
Former Bruin sharpshooter Kari Korver ('17) finished her first season as the Director of Operations for the Los Angeles Sparks. UCLA Women's Basketball Assistant Video Coordinator Rachel Schrote also serves as Video Coordinator for the Sparks.