Seattle sweeps aside Washington to win WNBA championship

Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart hugs teammate Sue Bird on the court after winning Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals Wednesday Sept. 18 2018 in Fairfax Va. The Seattle Storm defeated the Washington Mystics 98-82

Seattle sweeps aside Washington to win WNBA championship

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.

The Storm blew the game open during the second quarter and led by 16 points at half time.

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Before the Storm selected Stewart with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, the 6-foot-4 forward arrived with the incredible hype befitting the only player to win four NCAA tournament titles and four Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four awards.

Both teams rely heavily on the 3-point shot.

"I just talked to them about how proud I was of them and the things that we can do, briefly, that we can do to get better", Thibault said.

Natasha Howard scored 29 points and collected 14 rebounds, Breanna Stewart, the Finals MVP, tallied 26 points and Alysha Clark had 13 as the Storm, a team that lost in the first round the past two years, beat the Washington Mystics to wrap up their first crown since 2010.

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"I think this is a time that you just reflect", Toliver said. "I think that they are really, really good and I love watching them play". "One game leads us to what we've been working for for four months, and just having that mindset".

It was also reported that Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was a guest on the next episode of LeBron's HBO show 'The Shop.' "I'm going to tell you what, they were special in November, January, and when we started April 29th, and they're special tonight". Point guard Kristi Toliver was right behind her, adding 22 points. And after two years of losing, she was ready to win her first title and make sure that it isn't her last.

The 24-year-old was also named the WNBA Finals MVP on Wednesday following her 30-point performance. Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs.

"They definitely supported us during the season.to see the turnout at the playoffs, it was huge for us", Bird said.

"Just knowing that Game 3 was so important; obviously playing on the road is tough, but we knew we could close out this series and we wanted to do it today", Stewart said. "I felt more and more uncomfortable as we kept going". She did work inside, finishing post moves and getting to the basket for lay-ups; she did work in the mid-range, knocking down pull up jumpers as part of Seattle's offensive flow; and she knocked down her first four 3-pointers, finishing the day 4-of-5 from beyond the arc as she was able to stretch the Washington defense. "So hopefully everybody goes off to wherever they're going this offseason but continues to improve, get better, and then come back and regroup and build off of this season". "We were champions again".

"I was like, 'what's going on in Seattle sports, ' and all of these kids were like 'the Storm.' It was so awesome", said Zarker Primomo.

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