Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Seattle Storm sweep Washington Mystics for WNBA Championship

Seattle Storm sweep Washington Mystics for WNBA Championship

Breanna Stewart poured in 30 points to pace the Storm to a 98-82 win over the Mystics at George Mason University's Eagle Bank Arena in game three. League MVP Breanna Stewart scored 30 points in the victory and was selected Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points through the three games.

Natasha Howard added a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm.

She joins fellow former Huskies Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Swin Cash, Asjha Jones, and Kara Wolters on that list of 11 NCAA, WNBA, Olympic and FBIA champs.

It was also reported that Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was a guest on the next episode of LeBron's HBO show 'The Shop.'

"A successful one", veteran guard Kristi Toliver said when asked to evaluate the Mystics' season.

The sellout crowd of 9,164 at EagleBank Arena screamed: "De-fense, De-fense", one last rally cry for a Washington Mystics facing elimination for the fourth time this season. In hopes of lighting a fire under his team, head coach Mike Thibault verbally assaulted an official before heading to the locker room for intermission, which earned him a technical foul.

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"We had a great season", Delle Donne made clear.

So, she decided school was the flawless place for a watch party for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.

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"I was like, 'what's going on in Seattle sports, ' and all of these kids were like 'the Storm.' It was so awesome", said Zarker Primomo.

Inheriting a team that had finished 15-19 and 16-18 the previous two years, but dripping with talent, he instilled a defensive mindset and placed his trust in the players. I didn't know if I'd be playing at this point. They became the first team since the Seahawks in 2012 to bring a championship to Seattle. We had some great additions along the way, obviously one sitting to my left.

She's overcome a knee injury that forced her to sit out the 2013 season and survived a four-year roster reconstruction that resulted in two years of missing the postseason followed by a pair of first-round playoff exits.

KT: "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

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.

ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda". "It was how we countered that when things got close".

"Honestly, it didn't feel like my first WNBA Finals closeout. That's what really separated us again".

For Bird, the season was proof that she made the right decision a few years back when her contract was nearing its end.

"This is probably going to be one of the defining moments of my career to have played however many years I've been playing, to have won in all these places, but then to do it at the end in such a way that was different from all the others, it's really incredible".

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