Storm claim WNBA championship sweeping Washington

Storm claim WNBA championship sweeping Washington

Sue Bird, the only holdover from the Seattle Storm's two previous championship seasons, can best put into perspective her team's sweep of the Washington Mystics in the 2018 WNBA Finals, capped by Wednesday's clinching 98-82 victory.

Alysha Clark added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Sue Bird, a member of all three Seattle championship teams, had 10 points and 10 assists. After eliminating Phoenix in a thrilling five-game series in the 2018 WNBA Semifinals, the Storm collected two triumphs in the Emerald City against Washington (89-76 on September 7; 75-73 on September 9) before defeating the Mystics on Wednesday to complete the sweep. Many of them reserved special praise for Breanna Stewart, the WNBA and WNBA Finals MVP.

Seattle, already sacred in 2004 and 2010, is the successor to Minnesota, eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Sparks, which are themselves fallen in the next round to face Washington.

Despite being on the brink of elimination in their first WNBA Finals appearance in franchise history, the Mystics remained cool and collected on the eve of Game 3.

Bird hasn't talked about retirement, and based on her success this season and Stewart's hope that they win more titles together it isn't coming for at least a few more years. The team, which formed in 1998, had been to the semifinals twice before this season, losing to NY in 2002 and to the eventual champion Minnesota Lynx in 2017.

Like Seattle's group of Stewart (24 years old), Natasha Howard (27) and Jewell Loyd (24), some of the Mystics' best players are young or just entering their prime.

Stewart added the playoff MVP to her trophy case after winning the same award for the regular season.

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Seattle overcame an early deficit to lead 20-16 after the first quarter. "We went through that and now I think we'll handle it much better". With Capital One Arena unavailable, the Mystics played their semifinal home games at the Smith Center on the George Washington University campus.

Stewart had stewed during her first two Storm seasons, unwilling to accept mediocrity after such a storied collegiate and Olympic career. The decision to speak publicly about a very private part of her life, along with the outpouring of support afterwards, have given her a sense of freedom, she said.

Some of Seattle's other professional sports teams also were cheering on the Storm.

"We're here in front of our home crowd and we're fighting", Mystics guard Kristi Toliver said.

Elena Delle Donne spurred one last furious rally to cut the deficit from 16 down to 5 in the fourth quarter, but that's as close as they would get. "And we get to build on it for these next three games".

Stewart will go for a second World Cup gold later this month with the United States senior national team. And after two years of losing, she was ready to win her first title and make sure that it isn't her last.

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