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Seattle Storm wins 3rd WNBA championship

14 September, 2018, 04:11 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • ‘You have to just enjoy it and soak it all up’: Storm greeted with warm welcome at Sea-Tac Airport

As bedlam burst and champagne poured, Breanna Stewart stood tall inside the cramped, plastic-lined visitor's locker room and allowed herself a smile of gratification.

So here the Seattle Storm are, back on top of the WNBA world, and here Sue Bird is, a champion thrice over. There was joy in her face and in her voice as she talked about the game, the season and the championship after the game.

"I'm still trying to find the right words, and I'm a guy that can usually find the right words", Hughes said after the game.

Bird understands her career is nearing the end, even though she remains among the league's best.

Stewart was the league MVP and was selected the Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points in the three games. But it only tells part of the story.

This was total domination.

It's the Western Conference franchise's third National Basketball Association championship after Australian Lauren Jackson led the side to titles in 2004 and 2010.

The Storm became the sixth team to sweep a Finals in three games - something the team did in 2010. Howard is the third player to win back-to-back WNBA titles with different teams.

She joins fellow former Huskies Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Swin Cash, Asjha Jones, and Kara Wolters on that list of 11 NCAA, WNBA, Olympic and FBIA champs.

The Storm did it in style, completing a three-game sweep of the Washington Mystics on Wednesday with a 98-82 win in Fairfax, Virginia. "Once we got Stewie and Jewell, we knew we'd get to the other side, but how do you know you're going to get to the other side this fast?"

"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", she said. "I can't believe it". In Game 2 they were 0-for-16, though they forced 15 turnovers and were in the game until the end losing 75-73. They forget about their past, which included seven straight playoff losses on the road and focused entirely on Game 3. In Game 3, the Storm were outplayed by the Mercury, who received dominant performances from DeWanna Bonner, Brittney Griner and unlikely hero Yvonne Turner. "We stayed in the moment".

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Moore averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and a WNBA-leading 1.68 steals during an injury-plagued season for Minnesota as she earned all-WNBA honors for the seventh consecutive season. Stewart had five, tying her season high. "I mean, you can't be unsuccessful if you're in the Finals".

"And then your stars have to be who they are".

Meanwhile, league MVP Breanna Stewart has been almost unstoppable, averaging 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the first two games.

"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", Stewart said. Many of them reserved special praise for Breanna Stewart, the WNBA and WNBA Finals MVP. I wasn't nervous. I was calm. "We want to bring the trophy back to Seattle from this game". Case in point: can you imagine planned construction on Capital One Arena during either the National Basketball Association or NHL postseason, forcing the Wizards or Caps to play elsewhere?

In Game 1, Washington made just 3 of 21 shots from beyond the arc. "Probably a combination of both". Poor perimeter shooting contributed.

The Storm outscored the Mystics 26-14 in the second to extend its lead to 46-30 heading into halftime.

After trailing 69-53 entering the fourth quarter, the Mystics rallied to within five points at 72-67 on a 3-pointer by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 6:49 remaining. Kristi Toliver had 20 points.

"We understand that we have to take care of the ball", Bird said.

"You're only going to impact [Delle Donne and Toliver] to a degree", Hughes said.

"Obviously it's really frustrating to not come away with the win, but we were able to see a lot of things", Delle Donne told the Washington Post.

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