Seattle Storm wins 3rd WNBA championship

Mae Harvey
September 14, 2018

Natasha Howard scored 29 points and collected 14 rebounds, Breanna Stewart, the Finals MVP, tallied 26 points and Alysha Clark had 13 as the Storm, a team that lost in the first round the past two years, beat the Washington Mystics to wrap up their first crown since 2010. League MVP Breanna Stewart scored 30 points in the victory and was selected Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points through the three games.

"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it. God blessed me with an opportunity to coach her and I will be forever grateful".

"It took us a lot of experimenting throughout the year to find our best groove, and we didn't really get it until after the all-star break, and it carried over into the playoffs", he said. "But our perimeter shooting allowed us to create some separation and then we managed the game pretty well". From tying the best record in franchise history in the regular season to making the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history is outstanding and these ladies should have their heads up high as they enter this upcoming offseason. ".We had a goal and that was to win a championship and every one of us, 1-12, the coaching staff, our entire staff helped us reach this point". There is no doubt in the back of my mind that the Washington Mystics will be back next year contending for a championship and now that rookies like Ariel Atkins have playoff experience, the Mystics now know what it takes to get back to the promise land. After eliminating Phoenix in a thrilling five-game series in the 2018 WNBA Semifinals, the Storm collected two triumphs in the Emerald City against Washington (89-76 on September 7; 75-73 on September 9) before defeating the Mystics on Wednesday to complete the sweep.

No wonder players and coaches were exhausted after pulling an all-nighter, celebrating at a nearby restaurant after finishing off a sweep of the Washington Mystics just outside the nation's capital. I didn't know (Toliver's' favorite) beer.

Taurasi, the WNBA's all-time leading scorer, tied for third in the league at 20.7 points per game and was fourth in assists at 5.3 per game. And after two years of losing, she was ready to win her first title and make sure that it isn't her last. "Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs". "I think that what we did as a team for these past four months, we had a goal and that was to win a championship".

For Bird, the season was proof that she made the right decision a few years back when her contract was nearing its end. Too many short range shots left at the rim cost Washington crucial points. They combined for 59 points and 22 rebounds, helping the Storm establish a big lead and coast to a 98-82 win.

"Each (championship) is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have a different meaning for me", the 37-year-old veteran point guard said.

"We were up at halftime, but we knew D.C. was going to come back", Stewart said. "It really gave us that home court advantage".

Stewart had the ball in her hands in the final seconds of the game, nonchalantly tossing it ahead as the buzzer sounded before turning around and embracing Bird to celebrate the title.

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