Seattle Storm wins third WNBA title

Doug Mendoza
September 14, 2018

League MVP Breanna Stewart top-scored for the Storm with 30 points to earn the nod as the Finals' best player after averaging 25.6 points across the three games.

Bird, 37, finished with 10 points and 10 assists to bolster Finals and league MVP Breanna Stewart, who saved her best for last: 30 points - a career-high for the playoffs - on 11-of-22 shooting, including four 3-pointers on five attempts.

Seattle ended up losing that game by 2 points, and in an essay for The Players' Tribune Bird said that she was proud of the team because they proved they could do it without her - something she's been pushing them to realize all season.

It was also reported that Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was a guest on the next episode of LeBron's HBO show 'The Shop.'

The coach's first priority was speaking with the team's young players, who will leave within a week to prepare for their seasons in overseas professional leagues. The Storm closed on a 26-15 run to seal the game, the series, Seattle's third WNBA championship.

No one mentioned it publicly during the five-month run up to the WNBA Finals because they knew Sue Bird wouldn't approve. Bird is the only player to be a member of all three championships won by the Storm. The team, which formed in 1998, had been to the semifinals twice before this season, losing to NY in 2002 and to the eventual champion Minnesota Lynx in 2017.

Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining.

Webb went on to play collegiate basketball at Seattle University and helped the Redhawks to a 20-9 record (co-champions of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference) his senior year in 2006-2007. And of course, Atkins emerged as one of the best rookies in a strong 2018 draft class, showcasing her ability as both a tenacious defender and viable offensive threat behind Delle Donne and Toliver.

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"They're the defending champs now, they're young, they're really talented, they're smart, and they know how to play with each other", Washington coach Mike Thybault said.

"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it". Past year we were brand new.

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

"It means I'm still under contract", she said smiling.

ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda".

Bird now has her third WNBA 'chip, and her first since 2010. They forget about their past, which included seven straight playoff losses on the road and focused entirely on Game 3. "This didn't feel like my first trip to the Finals". "It really gave us that home court advantage".

"I'm sure he's going to say we're not invited anyway".

The main "reinforcement" Thibault was referring to is center Emma Meesseman, who took the WNBA season off to prepare for the FIBA Women's World Cup with the Belgian national team.

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