Seattle Storm lose Mikiah Herbert Harrigan for 2021 season

Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA draft who was traded to the Seattle Storm this offseason, will miss the 2021 season during her pregnancy.

Herbert Harrigan averaged 3.8 points, 2.3 rebounds over 11.1 minutes in 21 games as a reserve for the Minnesota Lynx last season. She was traded to the Storm for a second-round pick in February.

"I'm very much looking forward to motherhood and starting a family with my boyfriend Stanford," Herbert Harrigan said in a statement released by the team. "While I am disappointed to miss the 2021 WNBA season, I appreciate the supportive environment the Storm family has provided for me."

The CBA agreed upon in 2020 allows her to take full paid maternity leave.

Herbert Harrigan's departure leaves the Storm (4-1) with just 11 active players heading into Friday's game against the Lynx.

The Storm are hopeful Katie Lou Samuelson, who has been away from the team practicing with Team USA in a 3x3 Olympic qualifying tournament, will rejoin the roster soon.

Absences due to overseas play or COVID-19 protocols have already been plaguing the WNBA in the young season.