Seattle Storm wins third WNBA title


After defeating the Atlanta Dream in the previous round of the WNBA playoffs, the Washington Mystics embarked on their first Finals appearance in franchise history.

She became the sixth player in WNBA history to be named regular season and Finals MVP in the same year, joining last year's victor Sylvia Fowles (2017), former Storm star Lauren Jackson (2010), Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (2009) and a pair of legends in Lisa Leslie (2001) and Cynthia Cooper (1997, 1998).

Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver led the way for the Mystics in the loss, scoring 23 and 22 points, respectively.

Natasha Howard led the way for Seattle with 29 points and 14 rebounds.

The brilliant Breanna Stewart, arguably the best women's basketball player in the world, hit a tough shot in traffic, was fouled, and completed the three-point play.

"We understand that we have to take care of the ball. We're poised to get better". "It's a shame we couldn't give them one more home game but I feel good about this team going forward and we're a full year ahead of schedule", Coach Thibault said proudly.

Home has been an evolving term for the Mystics of late.

In front of the sold-out George Mason EagleBank Arena of 9,164 souls and not Capital One Arena because of a previously scheduled Drake concert, things got off to a great start for the "home" team.

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

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Webb, a 2002 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Storm and was on the bench when the team won the league title on Wednesday in Fairfax, Virginia.

It's the first WNBA championship for Stewart, who scored 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.

Converting their 3-point attempts would be a big step in the right direction.

Minutes into the third quarter, center LaToya Sanders who has been a picture of consistency for the Mystics this season suffered a left ankle sprain that was initially much scarier. "We're one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league". But Washington is not about to make a roster move out of panic to compete with them.

Both teams rely heavily on the 3-point shot.

The 2018 WNBA title was the third in the Storm's history and first in Stewart's career.

Sue Bird, also a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, had 10 points and 10 assists. ".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". "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into". Breanna Stewart added to her already impressive career by now being a WNBA champion and a finals MVP after winning regular season MVP earlier this year.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. and will end at KeyArena where a rally will be held for fans. "Those are huge. Those are huge because not only is she going to score, she's going to distribute well".