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Seattle Storm forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan is set to miss the 2021 season. The sixth overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft, Herbert Harrigan announced through the team Thursday that she is pregnant.

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

“I will be cheering on the Storm from the sidelines and wish the whole organization great success this season. See you next year!!”

The Storm acquired Herbert Harrigan from the Minnesota Lynx in February 2020 in exchange for a 2022 first-round draft pick.

Per the WNBA’s collective bargaining agreement reached last year, players receive fully paid maternity leave.

While Herbert Harrigan’s $66,555 salary in 2021 counts against the Storm’s salary cap, she moves to the inactive list and her absence opens up a spot on the 12-player active roster.

“We are so happy for Kiki and her family as she starts this exciting new chapter of her life and look forward to welcoming her back in 2022,” said Storm general manager Talisa Rhea.