Jewell Loyd and Jordan Horston have a great track record with their Seattle Storm, and with that comes an unlikely partnership that promises to change the team’s future. The Storm’s championship aspirations could also hinge on the success of this newfound partnership. With a focus on intense training and a rigorous “boot camp” that has resulted in increased performance from teammate Loyd, the No. 24 defender has nothing but praise for her commitment.

During the post-game press conference, All-Star Jewell Loyd revealed the intriguing story of how Jordan Horston was taken under her wing, which helped Horston push her boundaries and challenge her own limitations.Jordan had a big commitment this offseason, coming and training with me, and she was guarding some of the best players in the world. And it wasn’t easy, there was a lot of frustration.“- said Jewell Loyd in her post-match media appearance.

Speaking about her belief in Jordan Horston and discussing her game, the 30-year-old added:She could guard grown men, keep them in line, and frustrate them, as she did in the last few games, but I knew she had a lot of the traits to be a star in this league defensively..”

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As Horston outdid herself during offseason workouts, Loyd’s confidence grew. So much so that she believed the 23-year-old could truly be a star in the pro league on defense. Not only did Horston improve her game from last season, but she also put in better performances as this season progressed. Last season, she averaged 6.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game, while this season she’s averaging 7.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.

Keeping up her similarly stellar play, Horston notched 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in a recent game against the Dallas Wings. And that didn’t surprise or shock Loyd with the No. 9 WNBA 2023 draft pick’s performance, as that’s exactly how she envisioned her teammate.

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While Horston continues to put up impressive numbers, let’s take a look at what happened behind the scenes that allowed her to step up her game while building a partnership with Loyd.

Offseason ‘training camp’ and Horston-Loyd chemistry

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Horston’s commitment became clear when she threw herself into a four-week “boot camp” with Loyd. During that time, Horston focused mostly on training, while Loyd looked after her. It was supposed to be an intense training period that included daily workouts and mentoring opportunities off the basketball court. And the biggest takeaway for Horston was consistency.

It seems to have strengthened the on-court bond between the teammates. Loyd said that the challenges that came her way during the offseason have translated into building Horston’s confidence, and she even mentioned that the lessons learned from the same can now be emulated in-game.

As the season heats up, the Horston-Loyd chemistry becomes key to the Storm’s success. With Loyd as the guide and Horston committed, it seems like the Seattle Storm may have that fearsome duo that could shape their future.

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