Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm Win 2018 WNBA Championship

Ross Houston
September 14, 2018

But Seattle pulled away to capture the championship.

Seattle guard Jewell Loyd had just six points on 2-for-11 shooting, but it didn't hurt the Storm.

"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. In Game 4, in addition to losing Sue Bird to a broken nose, the Storm relinquished a 17-point lead over the course of three quarters. She helped the Storm spark an early run off of extra shot opportunities and offensive rebounds and careless Mystics turnovers also helped Seattle early on.

Stewart wouldn't allow this series to extend past Game 3, she was eager to get the champagne popping. "Now it's just another growth; another step toward maturity is just winning on someone else's home court". They cut the lead down to eight points in less than two minutes, which forced a Storm timeout and time to regroup.

"We understand that the difference here is we have a chance to win a championship and not just advance to the next round", Bird said.

The Storm earned their 3rd WNBA title Wednesday night in Fairfax, Virginia in three games of a best-of-5 series. Point guard Kristi Toliver was right behind her, adding 22 points. The Storm entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and swept the finals.

In Game 1, Washington had no shot as Seattle asserted their dominance.

When Breanna Stewart left the University of CT after winning an unprecedented four straight NCAA titles, coach Geno Auriemma said that she might be the best of a long list of former UConn icons who have become WNBA All-Stars, Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. "They are going to play that way offensively, they're going to play that way defensively". Despite the signs on the baselines, the rally towels, even the actual home wooden floor brought in for the game, the Mystics' red, white and blue looked out of place.

Stewart was a part of 151 victories and only five losses at UConn.

"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it".

"We understand that we have to take care of the ball".

No wonder players and coaches were exhausted after pulling an all-nighter, celebrating at a nearby restaurant after finishing off a sweep of the Washington Mystics just outside the nation's capital. "But we got better throughout the year".

"You're only going to impact [Delle Donne and Toliver] to a degree", Hughes said. But Washington is not about to make a roster move out of panic to compete with them.

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. They're on the verge of becoming the sixth franchise in league history to win at least three championships.

What's absent, however, was not on the minds of Mystics players in wake of their defeat. "I don't know if it was putting us seventh or eighth, I can't remember, and our team took a look at that and said, hell, no".

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