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Breanna Stewart Leads The Storm To The WNBA Chip, Winning MVP

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Cary Erickson | 14 September, 2018, 08:54

Stewart drained all four of her three-point attempts in the first half to build Seattle's insurmountable lead. Moving the series to Washington for Game 3, the Mystics would fall short once again despite the 23 points from Delle Donne and the 22 points by guard Kristi Toliver, as the Storm finished off the series with a 98-82 victory, seeing 30 point and 29 point contributions from Stewart and Howard.

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. Bird scored 10 points (including the final two with under a minute to play) and dished out 10 assists, many on her patented no-look passes.

Bird, also a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, was certainly appreciative of the title - and the growth of the Storm's younger players. "We're only out there on the court a little bit of time together, but the moments that we spend hanging out in the airport, playing 'would you rather, ' hanging out, getting dinner together, those are the moments that are so special, and what we're actually probably going to miss the most now that this season has ended". So it's incredible to be sitting here right now, I was just saying this earlier, I really believe it just came to me. The club's first-ever trip to the WNBA Finals is even more impressive considering how much better the league is in 2018.

"It means I'm still under contract", she said smiling.

In Game 1, Washington had no shot as Seattle asserted their dominance. We showed a lot of character, a lot of resiliency.

But everyone on the delirious Storm side may have been happiest for two people - first-year coach Dan Hughes, and the venerated veteran Bird.

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

The Storm outscored the Mystics 26-14 in the second to extend their lead to 46-30 heading into halftime.

Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining.

In front of the sold-out George Mason EagleBank Arena of 9,164 souls and not Capital One Arena because of a previously scheduled Drake concert, things got off to a great start for the "home" team.

She's paired with Stewart, All-Star guard Jewell Loyd, two-time champion Natasha Howard, defensive ace Alysha Clark and a supporting cast that includes Whitcomb and rookie Jordin Canada, Bird's heir apparent. "I packed really lightly", Collier said. After years of work and planning and back-to-back No. 1 draft picks, the franchise had found a way to bring the trophy back to Seattle.

Students kept rooting for the Storm into the fourth quarter, where the game got close, but never close enough. If we win a championship this week, that will be great. "God blessed me with an opportunity to coach her and I will be forever grateful".