Basketball WNBA: Seattle sacred for the 3rd time

Basketball WNBA: Seattle sacred for the 3rd time

Basketball WNBA: Seattle sacred for the 3rd time

The Storm closed on a 26-15 run to seal the game, the series, Seattle's third WNBA championship.

They had done it. So for me to be here now - not that I didn't enjoy the other ones - I am just truly, truly enjoying this right now.

Fellow former Husky and 16-year veteran Sue Bird.

There was a sense of calm surrounding Stewart after the game.

Sue Bird, also a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, had 10 points and 10 assists. I've been having a hard time putting it all into words.

Seattle is in the WNBA Finals for the third time in franchise history.

If this were the National Basketball Association, the Washington Mystics' front office might be making calls to players of Paul George's or Kawhi Leonard's caliber right now. "Now I can go to the bar and order everything she needs".

"I didn't think I'd be back", Bird told Rowe, holding back tears. We went through a rebuild a couple of years ago, and who would know we get here this quickly.

Webb, a 2002 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Storm and was on the bench when the team won the league title on Wednesday in Fairfax, Virginia.

"I didn't ask them to do anything for me", Bird said. I just wanted to bridge that gap as fast as I could, and they've been great.

"That Seattle core has been together for a while outside of [forward Natasha Howard]; it kind of reminds me of Minnesota and how they had their core together when they had those runs. From there they made it pretty easy".

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The party's not over for the Storm and the fans who want to continue celebrating their big win.

"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", said Stewart, the Finals and league MVP. She's confident in this team, whether she's on the floor or not.

Breanna Stewart led the Storm with 30 points and 8 rebounds in Game 3 of the best-of-5 series.

Stewart had stewed during her first two Storm seasons, unwilling to accept mediocrity after such a storied collegiate and Olympic career. Stewart is fairly reserved on the court, and her quiet dominance can be taken for granted. At least until she suffered a knee injury in Game 2 of the semifinals against Atlanta. For any player in the league, that's a lot, but for Stewart it's become nearly expected.

Breanna Stewart won four NCAA championships at UConn and won four Final Four MVP awards.

That inexperience showed up Wednesday night.

It's only fitting she closed out the season with a double-double.

What Stewart has done the seven years since is no surprise to her.

"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", Stewart said.

But the Storm have yet to win on the road in the playoffs, despite posting the best road record in the regular season. "I packed really lightly", Collier said. "We knew what we had to do to actually win a title and that's what we did".

"I mean, it was different", Delle Donne acknowledged.

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