Seattle Storm crowned WNBA champions for 3rd time

The Seattle Storm take a 2-0 lead into Game 3 of the WNBA Finals in Washington D.C

The Seattle Storm take a 2-0 lead into Game 3 of the WNBA Finals in Washington D.C

It's the first WNBA championship for Stewart, who scored 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.

Stewart, the WNBA's Most Valuable Player this season, added Finals MVP to her resume, which includes four NCAA titles at CT, for which she was named the outstanding player in each of them. But a crucial injury to their best player at the worst time turned a promising playoff run - which included a first-ever trip to the WNBA Finals - into a slog and a three-game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Storm.

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.

Bird is relishing this opportunity knowing it could be one of her last chances to win another title.

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

The sellout crowd of 9,164 at EagleBank Arena screamed: "De-fense, De-fense", one last rally cry for a Washington Mystics facing elimination for the fourth time this season. She is expected to return to the Mystics in 2019.

They have a superstar in Delle Donne and ascending players at most positions.

She has added to her list of accomplishments the title of MVP of the final, with an average of 25.6 points over the three matches won in the face of the Mystics. 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.

Inheriting a team that had finished 15-19 and 16-18 the previous two years, but dripping with talent, he instilled a defensive mindset and placed his trust in the players. "To do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react".

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.

Bird should know. She won a title in her third WNBA season.

The Mystics began the season picked to finish eighth in the Associated Press preseason poll. "Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs". I didn't know (Toliver's' favorite) beer.

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

"Honestly, it didn't feel like my first WNBA Finals closeout. 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".

Then he watched them turn into the best team in the league during the season, and validate that status in the postseason.

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