Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

How sweep it is: Seattle wins its third WNBA title

How sweep it is: Seattle wins its third WNBA title

When it comes to winning championships, few can match the success of Breanna Stewart.

This was inside EagleBank Arena, a college basketball arena that hosted the WNBA Finals where the Storm won its third league championship.

The victory catapulted the Storm to an unassailable 3-0 lead and series sweep in the best-of-five WNBA Finals.

But the score won't come close to telling the true story. It didn't go our way, but you've got to keep things in perspective, and everybody else in the league wishes that they were playing tonight, and so we're very aware of that and thankful that we were here, and we know we can improve. And she still had 10 points and 10 assists. "It's a shame we couldn't give them one more home game but I feel good about this team going forward and we're a full year ahead of schedule", Coach Thibault said proudly. I just wanted to bridge that gap as fast as I could, and they've been great. We all know that.

The Mystics, on the other hand, didn't have a single player score in double figures, and only had two points off the bench. She's figured it out. We went through a rebuild a couple of years ago, and who's to say we'd get here this quickly.

As did numerous players who represent those teams, such as Seahawks stars Earl Thomas, Russell Wilson and Frank Clark. What happened on Wednesday night was a return to normalcy for Stewart, where she is celebrated as the best player on the best team in whatever level of competition she is in.

The Mystics, in their first Finals in franchise history, were far from disgraced rallying from 18 points down to trail 72-67 with 6:49 remaining. "We were champions again".

After previously declining to discuss her left knee injury because she did not want to make excuses, the Deleware native opened up about how the ailment affected her play.

Stewart was a unanimous choice to the all-WNBA first team, the league announced Wednesday, while fellow UConn graduate Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury extended her own record with a 10th first-team selection.

What Stewart has done the seven years since is no surprise to her.

"Honestly, we've been that way all season", said Natasha Howard, who proved to be perhaps the missing piece in the Storm's championship puzzle. Howard, who came to Seattle in an offseason trade with Minnesota, won her second straight WNBA title on Wednesday after finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds, while shooting 11-of-14 from the field and knocking down both of her 3-pointers. They're on the verge of becoming the sixth franchise in league history to win at least three championships.

"She's victor, what else can I say", Auriemma said, smiling broadly as Breanna Stewart strolled around EagleBank Arena after the Storm's 98-82 win clutching the WNBA trophy in one hand and the Finals MVP award in the other.

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