WNBA Champions Storm vs Mystics Game 3 Recap

14 September, 2018, 04:54 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Storm forward Breanna Stewart signs autographs for fans before game one of the WNBA Finals as the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics at Key Arena in Seattle Friday

The Storm rolled past the Mystics 98-82 on Wednesday night at EagleBank Arena at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to complete the series sweep and win their third WNBA title. Breanna Stewart added to her already impressive career by now being a WNBA champion and a finals MVP after winning regular season MVP earlier this year. It was a rare show of emotion from a normally reserved Bird, and the 14 points she dropped in the fourth, including four threes, to send the Storm to the Finals set social media ablaze.

Players such as point guard Natasha Cloud, who ascended to become the team's starting point guard, and Tianna Hawkins, who lost 20 pounds before the start of the season so she could play more effectively off the bench, give Sanders confidence.

Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points, and Kristi Toliver had 22 for the Mystics, who were appearing in the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

What took place on Wednesday night on the campus of George Mason University, in a green-and-yellow arena turned red-and-blue, would have been hard to imagine just two years ago. She was carried to the locker room and did not return.

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. "I packed really lightly", Collier said.

"Last year, we were brand new", Delle Donne said.

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In Game 1, Washington made just 3 of 21 shots from beyond the arc. "But our perimeter shooting allowed us to create some separation and then we managed the game pretty well". "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into". "And to do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react to be honest". If we win a championship this week, that will be great.

The Storm's championship sparked an outpouring of civic pride from the likes of Seattle natives Isaiah Thomas and Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics legend, who ended his Tweet with a joyful proclamation: #WeRepS3attle. Washington went from winning 13 games in 2016 with a.382 win percentage to finishing as runner-ups in the WNBA Finals in a year in which they won almost two-thirds of their games.

Head Coach Dan Hughes is celebrating his first league title after previously leading two other WNBA teams to the playoffs.

"We'd like to have taken that one last step, but the window for us is open right now", coach Mike Thibault said. "Now I can go to the bar, order her everything she needs".

"This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said. It's when people say things like, 'There's no basketball in Seattle anymore.' Or, like, 'We need pro basketball back in Seattle.' They're talking about how the Sonics are gone. "That's what really separated us again".


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