Seattle Storm wins third WNBA title

14 September, 2018, 08:58 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm are on the verge of a third WNBA title

And Howard was too much for the Mystics inside.

Choosing not to dwell on the team's third straight loss, or make any excuses as to how it fell on the wrong end of 3-0 WNBA Finals sweep, he was already looking ahead. "You know it's early, it's early for us, but to have this kind of support, this is what it's all for". "And to do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react to be honest".

The Mystics also gained critical experience.

That construction schedule manifested in an unplanned postseason barnstorming of our local Atlantic 10 basketball arenas.

The Seattle Storm cruised to a 2-0 lead over the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals, beating the Mystics by double-digits in the first two games.

She turns 38 next month after one of her best years in which she averaged 10.1 points and 7.1 assists, a career high and second best in the WNBA, while playing the fewest minutes (26.6) of her career. The Storm were victorious 98-82 in a game that was decided in the second quarter. Despite being down two-games-to-none, backs against the wall, energy and optimism abounded.

"We'd like to have taken that one last step, but the window for us is open right now", coach Mike Thibault said. Our team has handled it. They became the first team since the Seahawks in 2012 to bring a championship to Seattle. She was carried to the locker room and did not return.

Before the game, Thibault seemed to understand what his team was up against; where it might struggle; what it could learn for next year and beyond. "But our perimeter shooting allowed us to create some separation and then we managed the game pretty well". We can build on this. "But it won't be the end of the world if we don't".


Wednesday night was no different.

Now Bird is a champion once again on a young team seemingly at the start of a dynasty. The Mystics were 8 for 23 in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3 percent) in the series. Because whether or not non-fans have been paying attention, the WNBA has gotten really, really competitive. 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.

Part of that is simple recognition.

Stewart upped her points per game once the playoffs rolled around, and Bird and Loyd each had signature scoring performances en route to the trophy. It was filled with almost 10,000 fans who provided an atmosphere worthy of a Finals game. A lot of times when I invite people out and they come to a game, they fall in love with the game. Obviously this Finals didn't go the way we wanted it to, but I think the great thing is that we can still improve.

"It's each one of them, to a player, starting with Sue Bird, but every single player is why we're here", Valavanis told Rowe.

"I have seen her with the national team this last Olympics", Team USA assistant coach Jennifer Rizzotti said.

It was Bird who scored the go-ahead basket in an overtime win to beat Phoenix in Game 2 of the semifinals.

What Delle Donne did against Atlanta may have been better. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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