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Seattle Storm sweep Washington Mystics to capture WNBA championship

Seattle Storm sweep Washington Mystics to capture WNBA championship”

The 2018 Most Improved Player, Natasha Howard added another dimension to the Storm this season, recording career-high averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards and 2.0 blocks per outing.

Sep 12, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) looks on from the court against the Washington Mystics during the second quarter in game three of the WNBA Finals at Eagle Bank Arena.

Breanna Stewart can be found on any number of short lists when it comes to her basketball accomplishments.

Candace Parker, Sparks: An All-WNBA selection for the eighth time, Parker (17.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.7 apg) was the only player to reach those averages in points, rebounds and assists this season.

The legendary University of CT women's basketball coach sat next to his long-time assistant Chris Daley watching the most decorated player they'd ever coach do what she always does - dominate and win. The Mystics went on a 14-3 run to open the fourth and cut the lead to five.

"This has been, oddly, a very stressful playoff run", Bird said.

In 2004, she partnered with Lauren Jackson and Finals MVP Betty Lennox for an unexpected Finals win.

"There's been a huge transformation with the culture of this team", said Delle Donne, who was acquired by Washington before the 2017 season.

"We said it all year, you can't get too high or too low".

The fans crescendoed with every big moment and let the referees, in particular, know just how passionate they were about their team. So for me to be here now, not that I didn't enjoy the other ones, but I'm just truly enjoying this right now.

The Storm were 27-3 this season when leading after the third quarter heading into 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. "This team made a lot of strides from this year to last year", Toliver said.

The main "reinforcement" Thibault was referring to is center Emma Meesseman, who took the WNBA season off to prepare for the FIBA Women's World Cup with the Belgian national team.

Australian Opal-in-waiting Sami Whitcomb has come off the bench to help the Seattle Storm clinch the WNBA title.

The Storm got their first taste of life without Bird in the semifinals when she broke her nose and had to sit out the remainder of Game 4 against Phoenix. "We don't feel like we peaked and this is it for us", Delle Donne said. A reliable scorer and rebounder to pair down low with Delle Donne, Meesseman was an All-Star in 2015 at just 22 years old. "Now I can go to the bar, order her everything she needs".

Stewart was a unanimous choice to the all-WNBA first team, the league announced Wednesday, while fellow UConn graduate Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury extended her own record with a 10th first-team selection. "I packed really lightly", Collier said. It's their first Finals appearance in franchise history. "We were champions again".



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