Defending champs fortify roster

SEATTLE -- The defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm re-signed reserve center Janell Burse Thursday and added free-agent Australian guard Jessica Bibby to the roster.

Burse was acquired in a trade with Minnesota before the 2004 season. She averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 29 games last season.

"Her tenacity off the bench was a key part of the success we had last year," Storm coach Anne Donovan said.

Bibby, 25, has played for the Dandenong Rangers in Australia's Women's National Basketball League since 1996. Bibby played for the New York Liberty during the 2000 season.

Seattle also announced it would play two preseason games. The Storm will play at the New York on May 7 and host Sacramento on May 14. Seattle opens the season May 21 at home against Los Angeles.