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SEA 98, WASH 82: Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics for WNBA title

14 September, 2018, 04:56 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud moves past the Storm’s Sue Bird and toward the basket in the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA Finals in Seattle on Sunday

Now, fans can gear up with a brand new Seattle Storm t-shirt, celebrating their three-peat.

Déjà vu, and champagne, all over again.

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, 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.

The Seattle Storm are WNBA champions and completed a 3-game sweep of the Washington Mystics with a 98-82 win that showed exactly why they deserve to be WNBA champions.

But over the course of the season, many of those questions were answered, some emphatically.

Stewart led the Storm on Wednesday night, finishing the game with 30 points - shooting 11-of-22 from the field - and eight rebounds. Bird said. "That's when I knew it was over". In the three games she averaged 25.6 points for the Storm who also won league titles in 2004 and 2010. Stewart dropped 17 points in the first half, too, going a ideal 4-of-4 from behind the arc. She burned with the desire for similar prosperity in the pros, and made it happen.

The Storm rolled to a 16-point lead after the first half behind dominant performances from Stewart and center Natasha Howard. She finished with 29 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Heroes abounded for the Storm. Despite the sting of their season ending earlier than they hoped, they smiled as they recalled the journey to that point and the road ahead.

Whitcomb notched six points - nailing two of her four three-point attempts down the stretch - two steals and one assist in 13 minutes on court.

But everyone on the delirious Storm side may have been happiest for two people - first-year coach Dan Hughes, and the venerated veteran Bird. Relive the TOP 5 PLAYS from #WNBAFinals Game 3 as @seattlestorm clinched the title. "Our ceiling is so high with this group and with our core hopefully coming back".

Then he watched them turn into the best team in the league during the season, and validate that status in the postseason.

It's only fitting she closed out the season with a double-double. Donning a clear face mask to avoid any more damage to her nose, Bird got tied up with Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner and Briann January in the fourth quarter and got up off the floor yelling that her face mask had been shoved. The nucleus is young and still hungry, except for Bird, who is, well, not so young, but still hungry. "To see them here now is not surprising at all, and we definitely appreciate it".

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.

"We just rebuilt this team last year bringing in Elena and Kristi, so to be in the Finals in our second year of rebuilding, I mean that's huge", she said.



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