SEATTLE - KeyArena was filled with a different type of professional sports crowd Tuesday night.
"Born here. Just kind of grew up a Storm fan," says 11-year-old Katie McConnell. "I love to play basketball myself, so I really like the game, it's really cool to be here."
Katie brought her friend, 10-year-old Jessica Peterson, with her.
"They're so good, I would like to be on the team," says Jessica.
They're not alone. Hundreds of young girls were at Game 2 of the WNBA Finals Tuesday night to see the Storm beat Atlanta 87-84. The franchise considers those young fans an important part of their ultimate success.
"We really believe this has an impact, this team in Seattle," says Storm Co-Owner Dawn Trudeau. She and three other local women bought the franchise two years ago from former owner Clay Bennett.
Trudeau says she believed, as an original Storm season ticket holder, the team was important for the community and for young girls.
"I am just really happy to have this opportunity to give them a role model to look at, to give them people to aspire to and people to be proud of," said Trudeau.
Trudeau says now, with local ownership, the franchise is secure in Seattle. More than a year ago, the franchise signed a 10-year-lease to play its games at KeyArena.