Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

How sweep it is: Seattle wins its third WNBA title

Storm guard Jewell Loyd floats to the net for two in the third quarter as the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics for game two of the WNBA Finals at Key Arena in Seattle Sunday 2018 All-WNBA Teams Announced: MVP Stewart Headlines First Team, Taurasi Selected for Record 13th Time
Kristopher Love | 14 September, 2018, 14:28

The 2018 WNBA MVP and 2016 Olympian led the Seattle Storm to a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics to complete the three-game sweep, scoring 30 points and collecting eight rebounds while earning Finals MVP honors.

But Stewart was fouled by Delle Donne while making a jump shot from the free-throw line on the next possession and converted the three-point play, sparking an 8-0 run to put Seattle back in control. Stewart, the MVP, and Loyd carried the scoring for much of the season, combining for almost 40 points per game.

THE Seattle Storm, featuring the newest Australian Opal, Sami Whitcomb, have cruised to the 2018 WNBA Championship after sweeping the Washington Mystics. In Game 2, the Mystics missed all 16 of their three-point attempts, any of which would have been the difference in a two-point loss.

She wanted to win a title for them so they could experience what she felt in 2004 and 2010 following championship runs.

"We've been leaders of this team and have just been trying to make sure everyone is focused, staying light, having a good time and spending time together, not just on the court but off the court", Delle Donne said. Webb recorded the second-highest number of assists in the history of Terrace basketball with 140 and was a Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) All-State selection his senior year.

This is the third championship for the Seattle Storm.

Last night, with the help of some fellow former Huskies - Bird and three-point specialist Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis - Stewart won her first WNBA championship in her third season. During that 10-minute frame, the home team shot just 26.3 percent (5-for-19) from the field to only manage 14 points in the quarter. I didn't know if I'd be back to the finals ever again.

They have a superstar in Delle Donne and ascending players at most positions. Kristi Toliver had 20 points. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four an unprecedented four times.

The Seattle Storm swept the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals, thanks to the top-notch play from the (apparently) ageless Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart.

But what was most noticeable, from a UConn perspective, was that Tiffany Hayes of the Atlanta Dream was also placed on the first team. Washington finished 8 of 23 on 3-pointers in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3) in the series. Stewart had 25 points in each of the first two meetings but was held to 10 in the final matchup.

"It took us a lot of experimenting throughout the year to find our best groove, and we didn't really get it until after the all-star break, and it carried over into the playoffs", he said.

"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".