Storm sweep Mystics, win third WNBA title

Aubrey Yates
September 14, 2018

The Seattle Storm are WNBA champions and completed a 3-game sweep of the Washington Mystics with a 98-82 win that showed exactly why they deserve to be WNBA champions.

Stewart, who was named the WNBA MVP earlier this season, ranked second in the WNBA in scoring, averaging 21.8 points per game, and was third in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game.

Natasha Howard chipped in 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm as Seattle point guard Sue Bird contributed a double-double of her own with 10 points and 10 assists.

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi was voted to the All-WNBA First Team for the 10 time, extending her WNBA record for First Team selections.

Elena Delle Donne, their 2016 Olympic teammate, scored 23 points for the Mystics.

Back in their offices at Capital One Arena on Thursday morning, the Washington Mystics went about the quotidian details of breakdown day before disbanding for the offseason. She was carried to the locker room and did not return.

Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in, "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

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

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"I think exposure is the biggest thing", said Currie about helping the WNBA game grow. She was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in all four of her college years. Case in point: can you imagine planned construction on Capital One Arena during either the National Basketball Association or NHL postseason, forcing the Wizards or Caps to play elsewhere? Getting swept by the talented Storm was disappointing but nowhere near catastrophic for a young team that made it to the franchise's first Finals without one of its linchpins, Emma Meesseman, who did not play this season because of burnout.

Check out the brand new t-shirt - which honors the Storm's previous titles and their current roster - below.

The Storm's 2018 WNBA Championship Parade will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16.

"There's been a huge transformation with the culture of this team", said Delle Donne, who was acquired by Washington before the 2017 season. We had some great additions along the way, obviously one sitting to my left. "Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs". "It really gave us that home court advantage".

Students kept rooting for the Storm into the fourth quarter, where the game got close, but never close enough.

After trailing 69-53 entering the fourth quarter, the Mystics rallied to within five points at 72-67 on a 3-pointer by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 6:49 remaining.

ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda". The club's first-ever trip to the WNBA Finals is even more impressive considering how much better the league is in 2018. "This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said Wednesday night.

Bird understands her career is nearing the end, even though she remains among the league's best.

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