Basketball WNBA: Seattle sacred for the 3rd time

  • Basketball WNBA: Seattle sacred for the 3rd time

Basketball WNBA: Seattle sacred for the 3rd time

The league's regular-season MVP scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Seattle Storm defeated the host Washington Mystics 98-82 Wednesday night to clinch the WNBA championship. Many of them reserved special praise for Breanna Stewart, the WNBA and WNBA Finals MVP. It was a rare show of emotion from a normally reserved Bird, and the 14 points she dropped in the fourth, including four threes, to send the Storm to the Finals set social media ablaze.

The WNBA isn't so different, in the sense that having a collection of top-level players like the Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, Natasha Howard and Sue Bird is the best route to a championship. Bird, the oldest player in the league, ranked second in assists, guiding the team's young superstars the whole way.

Moore averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and a WNBA-leading 1.68 steals during an injury-plagued season for Minnesota as she earned all-WNBA honors for the seventh consecutive season. Emma Meeseman for starters will be a huge boost when she returns next season.

The Storm were WNBA champions in 2004 and again in 2010. And of course, Atkins emerged as one of the best rookies in a strong 2018 draft class, showcasing her ability as both a tenacious defender and viable offensive threat behind Delle Donne and Toliver. The Storm closed on a 26-15 run to seal the game, the series, Seattle's third WNBA championship.

"You knew Washington would respond after game one, and that second quarter was an example, I think, of how good they were", said Hughes.

Despite losing in their first Finals appearance in the team's 21-year history, Thibault and the Mystics know that the 9,000-plus fans who traveled 20 miles outside of Washington, D.C., and piled into Eagle Bank Arena know their team, for the first time in nearly a decade, has a bright future. But Stewart drove to the hoop and got the foul on the next possession, then completed the three-point play to halt the Washington momentum. Getting swept by the talented Storm was disappointing but nowhere near catastrophic for a young team that made it to the franchise's first Finals without one of its linchpins, Emma Meesseman, who did not play this season because of burnout. "And so we're poised to get better".

Washington did mount a 6-0 run late in the third quarter, and capitalized on a technical foul on Seattle coach Dan Hughes, to cut the lead to 10 points. Beyond the obvious, the circumstances of a venue change (thanks, Drake and Migos), the rise of the Washington Mystics in a short period of time has been nothing short of remarkable.

ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda".

The 24-year-old was also named the WNBA Finals MVP on Wednesday following her 30-point performance. She detailed little moments along the way of their 2018 season, the things she said she will miss most this fall and winter when everyone goes their separate ways. Obviously, winning helps. But we can really create something here.