Posts by Bella Munson

Bella has been a contributor for The Next since September 2023 and is the site's Seattle Storm beat reporter. She also writes for The Equalizer while completing her Journalism & Public Interest Communication degree at the University of Washington.

Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd drives with the basketball as forward Nneka Ogwumike stands behind her. Ogwumike has just set a screen that two Indiana Fever defenders are trying to get around as they chase Loyd.

Seattle Storm’s vision for 2024 comes into focus in front of record crowd

May 23, 2024

Pieces come together for Seattle as Loyd finds her shot, Ogwumike returns from injury and Mühl debuts

Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike holds the ball at her waist while Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier defends on her back.

Seattle Storm see improvement amid disappointing start to season

May 18, 2024

Skylar Diggins-Smith: ‘The effort is there. We’re encouraged’

Nika Mühl crouches in a defensive stance with her arms out wide. She focuses intently on the ball that a male practice player is dribbling at her.

Seattle Storm notebook: Mercedes Russell returns renewed, Nika Mühl comes prepared

May 10, 2024

The six-year veteran and the rookie will both be impactful reserves for the Storm

Nneka Ogwumike, Sami Whitcomb, Kiana Williams, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jewell Loyd and Mercedes Russell stand and watch scrimmages at practice.

2024 WNBA season preview: Seattle Storm

May 5, 2024

Free agency additions bring high expectations, but what will the rest of the roster look like? How will the team find success?

Nika Muhl screams and balls her fists in celebration of a play

Seattle Storm make smart use of limited WNBA Draft picks

April 16, 2024

Nika Mühl continue to follow in Sue Bird’s footsteps, Mackenzie Holmes stashed for future

Texas ends remarkable season in Elite Eight

April 1, 2024

‘These kids are truly champions’

McKenzie Forbes screams in triumph and thumps her palm to her chest as her teammates cheer in the background.

Duke and Baylor ousted in Portland, but future is bright

March 31, 2024

USC and UConn won their respective games to become the final Elite Eight teams, but the losing teams showed exciting future

Gonzaga forward Maud Huijbens bends her knees and holds her position with the ball, looking for a way out of a Texas double team.

How the Texas defense stifled Gonzaga to earn a trip to the Elite Eight

March 30, 2024

Plus, how Gonzaga found its joy in the postseason

Texas guard Madison Booker (35) dribbles the ball towards the BYU basket during the basketball game at the Moody Center.

Sweet 16 notebook: Day 1 in Portland

March 29, 2024

Insights ahead of the Sweet 16 in Portland

Lauren Schwartz leaves lasting legacy at Washington

March 28, 2024

Several Huskies credit Schwartz with helping change the UW culture