Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Seattle Storm sweeps Washington Mystics

Seattle Storm sweeps Washington Mystics

Stewart, Bird and Delle Donne could all join Team USA before they open play at the FIBA Women's World Cup beginning September 22 in Spain.

The Mystics, in their first Finals in franchise history, were far from disgraced rallying from 18 points down to trail 72-67 with 6:49 remaining.

"It didn't feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game", the poised Stewart said.

Breanna Stewart led the Seattle Storm to their WNBA title Wednesday night, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series. She finished with 29 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Bird, the oldest player in the league, ranked second in assists, guiding the team's young superstars the whole way. But Seattle pulled away to capture the championship.

"This is probably going to be one of the defining moments of my career to have played however many years I've been playing, to have won in all these places, but then to do it at the end in such a way that was different from all the others, it's really incredible".

It's the Western Conference franchise's third National Basketball Association championship after Australian Lauren Jackson led the side to titles in 2004 and 2010.

Washington came out in the second half with the hustle and desperation you'd expect from a team with their season hanging in the balance. Post your congratulations and photos on the KING 5 Facebook page as we continue our coverage of the Storm's winning legacy. Each lost Game 3. Kristi Toliver had 22 points.


Stewart was named Finals MVP. I was able to get to the free-throw line.

"Our team went through a rebuild, and yes, I chose to stay, and once we got Jewell and Stewie, we knew we would get on the other side, but how do you know you're going to get on the other side this fast".

Only after Sue Bird found her streaking to the basket once again through a lane in the Mystics defense did Stewart's face register acknowledgement of the enormity of her success: a 30-point performance and a set of games that left no doubt as to who the best player in the world is right now: Stewart, the 2018 WNBA MVP and Finals MVP.

"I gotta say, as exciting as it is to have the Storm making playoff noise - I'm anxious that everyone's not on the same page". "Teams are going to have to figure out some ways to match up and have as much fire power as they do because even on the nights that you play pretty good defense, they still - they just have so many weapons to put the ball in the basket".

Like Seattle's group of Stewart (24 years old), Natasha Howard (27) and Jewell Loyd (24), some of the Mystics' best players are young or just entering their prime. The club's first-ever trip to the WNBA Finals is even more impressive considering how much better the league is in 2018.

For Bird, the season was proof that she made the right decision a few years back when her contract was nearing its end.

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

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