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Stewart, Storm sweep Mystics for WNBA title

14 September, 2018, 14:26 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Point guard Natasha Cloud says of the Mystics “We do play our best when we’re under pressure. Everyone steps up.”

"I didn't think we'd be back, to be honest", Bird said.

In the past year Stewart has spoken up about her assault, posed for ESPN's Body Issue (as did Bird) and won both the league and finals MVP trophies.

"It's each one of them, to a player, starting with Sue Bird, but every single player is why we're here", Valavanis told Rowe.

Stewart will go for a second World Cup gold later this month with the United States senior national team. Stewart was 4-for-5 from behind the arc.

"Honestly, it didn't feel like my first WNBA Finals closeout".

And now it is Bird and Stewart and Loyd and Howard and more, a new championship cast is Seattle. Alysha Clark has been the trigger of their suffocating defense all season, was again on Wednesday, and added 15 points in the clincher.

The Storm, which the had the best-record in the regular season at 26-8 and the No. 1 playoff seed, was too quick, too efficient on the perimeter offensively and just too good for No. 3 Washington.

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Seattle may have lost its SuperSonics over a decade ago but the city has now earned itself a championship courtesy of the WNBA's Storm. From there, it was smooth sailing to the 16-point win.

"Obviously each is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have - I don't know, just a different meaning for me because so many reasons that we already know, right, like I didn't know if I'd even be playing at this point", she said. "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?" They combined for 59 points and 22 rebounds, helping the Storm establish a big lead and coast to a 98-82 win.

The Storm had MVP Breanna Stewart go off for 30 points on 11-for-22 shooting including 4-for-5 from deep, which was complemented by a monster game from Natasha Howard who had 29 points on 11-for-14 shooting and 14 rebounds. Their combined 59 points alone accounted for more than 61 percent of the Storms' points.

Joining Stewart (195 points) and Taurasi (179) on the All-WNBA First Team are Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage (190), Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (184) and Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes (138). For a game featuring teams from Seattle and Washington D.C., Hartford-New Haven had the second highest viewership for markets watching the championship behind only Seattle-Tacoma, according to ESPN.

Stewart, 24, had been elected best player of the season (MVP) with an average of 21.8 points per game. She was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in all four of her college years. Her leadership and what she means to this team - and not just this team but this league and women's basketball in general.

Delle Donne was also named to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday.

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