NBA, Seattle Sports Stars Salute Storm, Breanna Stewart On WNBA Finals Win

NBA, Seattle Sports Stars Salute Storm, Breanna Stewart On WNBA Finals Win

NBA, Seattle Sports Stars Salute Storm, Breanna Stewart On WNBA Finals Win

The Seattle Storm clinched the 2018 WNBA championship on Wednesday, completing the sweep of the Washington Mystics with a 98-82 victory.

Now she can add a WNBA title and a WNBA Finals MVP to her resume.

"Every one of us, one through 12, the coaching staff ... helped us reach this point". In Game 3, the Storm were outplayed by the Mercury, who received dominant performances from DeWanna Bonner, Brittney Griner and unlikely hero Yvonne Turner. "And I think it's just because of my age and because the older you get, the more you know, and the more you know can go wrong".

Washington did mount a 6-0 run late in the third quarter, and capitalized on a technical foul on Seattle coach Dan Hughes, to cut the lead to 10 points.

Alysha Clark had 15 points for Seattle.

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. A celebratory parade is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday. From there, it was smooth sailing to the 16-point win.

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.

"I think this was our year", Hughes said. I just wanted to bridge that gap as fast as I could, and they've been great. "I'm going to tell you what, they were special in November, January, and when we started April 29th, and they're special tonight".

"We don't want to go [back] to Seattle to play", Stewart said. On Wednesday night she had 30 points and 8 rebounds, and throughout the series she averaged 25.7 points.

Howard was the unexpected star of Game 3, who finished with 29 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Their combined 59 points alone accounted for more than 61 percent of the Storms' points. Celebrate Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and all of Seattle with this licensed championship t-shirt.

"We're here in front of our home crowd and we're fighting", Mystics guard Kristi Toliver said.

The triumph made Stewart the 11th player to win NCAA and WNBA titles and Olympic and FIBA world championship gold medals. Stewart, the MVP, and Loyd carried the scoring for much of the season, combining for almost 40 points per game. "She truly was the MVP of this league".

Stewart, 24, had been elected best player of the season (MVP) with an average of 21.8 points per game.

"They definitely supported us during the see the turnout at the playoffs, it was huge for us", Bird said.

But what was most noticeable, from a UConn perspective, was that Tiffany Hayes of the Atlanta Dream was also placed on the first team.

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