Sports, Storm sweep Mystics to capture WNBA championship

Breanna Stewart shoots over Elena Delle Donne during game one of the WNBA Finals as the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics Friday

Breanna Stewart shoots over Elena Delle Donne during game one of the WNBA Finals as the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics Friday

After winning four national championships in college, being named the Most Outstanding Player each time, Stewart led the Seattle Storm to the 2018 WNBA championship and was named Most Valuable Player of the Finals. Howard, who came to Seattle in an offseason trade with Minnesota, won her second straight WNBA title on Wednesday after finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds, while shooting 11-of-14 from the field and knocking down both of her 3-pointers.

Breanna Stewart won four NCAA championships at UConn and won four Final Four MVP awards. Sloppy passing led to five steals allowed and eight more "bad pass" turnovers for the Mystics, and they did not play tight enough perimeter defense against a Storm team that shot 13-for-26 from the arc.

"We thought, 'Oh, crap, what kind of year is this going to be?'" Bird reminisced.

League MVP Breanna Stewart scored 30 points in the victory and was selected Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points through the three games.

"I think Natasha Howard is the biggest difference between [the Storm] last year and this year on the court".

But Stewart was fouled by Delle Donne while making a jump shot from the free-throw line on the next possession and converted the three-point play, sparking an 8-0 run to put Seattle back in control.

"I told somebody, I'm built for this and I mean that", said Stewart, who won four NCAA titles at the University of CT. "One game leads us to what we've been working for for four months, and just having that mindset".

For Bird, a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, this third title feels different. "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?" Kristi Toliver had 22 points.

"We don't make 3s, it's hard for us", Mystics coach Mike Thibault told after Game 2. Even though it hadn't been in the WNBA yet, she clearly knows what it takes, and sometimes it just takes a couple of years to really figure out yourself in this league because it's a very tough league to play in, and now here she is. "She helped to relieve the pressure off me".

She cited now knowing Toliver's favorite beer, getting to know the families and pets of her teammates, playing games like 'would you rather?' while waiting in airports. "We don't feel like we peaked and this is it for us", Delle Donne said. That's a pretty important thing to know about Panda.

Alysha Clark had 15 points for Seattle. The Mystics were 8 for 23 in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3 percent) in the series.

"I'm sure he's going to say we're not invited anyway. So hopefully everybody goes off to wherever they're going this offseason but continues to improve, get better, and then come back and regroup and build off of this season". "We want to bring the trophy back to Seattle from this game". "That's what really separated us again".

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