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Originally published January 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM | Page modified January 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

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Storm will open WNBA season at home against Los Angeles

The Storm's schedule looks favorable after the monthlong break for the Olympics. Seattle's first seven games after the break — and 10 of 15 — will be played at KeyArena.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Storm key dates

April 29: First day of training camp.

May 18: Storm season opener, vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m., KeyArena.

June 17: Annual Dads and Daughters game, vs. defending WNBA champion Minnesota.

July 11: Annual Kids Day game at noon, vs. Atlanta. Storm's last home game before WNBA takes Olympic break.

July 13: Storm's final game before Olympic break, at Phoenix.

Aug. 16: Storm returns from break, at home against Phoenix.

Sept. 23: Final regular-season game, at Phoenix.

More information, tickets: StormBasketball.com, 206-217-WNBA.

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Storm coach Brian Agler probably would have preferred starting the 2012 WNBA season after the league takes a break for the Olympics. Guess playing 10 of the last 15 games at KeyArena will have to do.

The league released its 2012 schedule on Thursday, pushing the start date up two weeks to accommodate the London Games. Seattle opens the WNBA's 16th season against Los Angeles at 7 p.m. May 18 at KeyArena.

The Storm will be without Lauren Jackson for that game, and the rest of the first half of the season, as she prepares for and plays in the Games for Australia. After the WNBA's monthlong hiatus from mid-July to mid-August, the Storm will play its first seven games at home, as well as 10 of the final 15 games of the season.

Seattle is 61-7 at home since Agler was hired in 2008.

The Storm will play five games apiece against Western Conference rivals Phoenix and Los Angeles. Seattle doesn't host defending champion Minnesota until June 17.

Five games will air on ESPN2, but only one from KeyArena — the Aug. 21 matchup against the Lynx. Seattle's national television debut is expected to be June 26 at Washington.

The Storm has a five-game trip from June 3 to 15 and two four-game trips. There are just three back-to-back sets scheduled.

Training camp is scheduled to open April 29.

Tickets start at $10. Deposits for group tickets and other packages are available online at StormBasketball.com or by calling (206) 217-9622.

Jayda Evans: 206-464-2067 or jevans@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @JaydaEvans.

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