Tokashiki helps Storm rout Sparks in WNBA opener

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Staff Writer

Ramu Tokashiki has officially begun her brand-new journey with the Storm as she made her WNBA regular-season debut in Seattle’s 86-61 season-opening win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday at KeyArena.

The 191-cm forward came off the bench with 4:40 left in the first quarter, for Abby Bishop. Tokashiki played 20 minutes, racking up six points, one rebound and a pair of blocks, in the game.

She was perfect from the free-throw line, going 4-for-4.

Guard Renee Montgomery knocked down three 3-pointers to lead the Storm with 19 points.

The game drew 9,686 fans.

It seemed that Tokashiki’s JX-Eneos Sunflowers teammates, friends and family came all the way from Japan to attend the game.

“So many people came and cheered for me, including JX-Eneos (teammates), Japanese fans, family and friends,” Tokashiki tweeted after the game. “A wonderful season will begin.”

Seattle will be headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for its next game on Tuesday against the Tulsa Shock.