Storm sweep Mystics, win third WNBA title

Stewart Storm surge past Mystics for third WNBA title

Stewart's 30 points in a 98-82 Storm romping over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday night gave Seattle a clean three-game sweep and its third WNBA Championship in franchise history.

Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points and Kristi Toliver scored 20 points for the Mystics. She was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in all four of her college years. A young Seattle team that lost in the first round the past two years and won just 15 games last season, obliterated Washington for its first crown since 2010.

They know the road back to the Finals is tough, and the WNBA gets better every year, but the Mystics are in a position to stay atop the league now that the franchise's most successful season to date is in the books.

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. The team, which formed in 1998, had been to the semifinals twice before this season, losing to NY in 2002 and to the eventual champion Minnesota Lynx in 2017.

Things didn't slow down for Stewart and Howard after their big first half.

Stewart, 24, had been elected best player of the season (MVP) with an average of 21.8 points per game. 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. Its star Breanna Stewart has already registered 30 points, including 17 before the break. Celebrate Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and all of Seattle with this licensed championship t-shirt.

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And unlike the semifinals, Seattle seeks to bring a sense of urgency into Game 3. Case in point: can you imagine planned construction on Capital One Arena during either the National Basketball Association or NHL postseason, forcing the Wizards or Caps to play elsewhere?

With a veteran point guard in Bird and the MVP in Stewart, there was no panic from the Storm.

"On the court, off the court, honestly, Sue is at the center of why we're here, again, " the Storm's president and general manager, Alisha Valavanis, told ESPN's Holly Rowe as the Storm received a new trophy to add to the bulging case.

But this one felt much different. "Not now. We know they're going home and they'll feel good about being at home in front of their fans".

"They definitely supported us during the season.to see the turnout at the playoffs, it was huge for us", Bird said. I knew she was that elite level player and more importantly that elite level competitor that wanted to be the best. "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into".

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