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Sami Whitcomb’s Seattle Storm win the WNBA title

Sami Whitcomb’s Seattle Storm win the WNBA title

"To start the game (Sunday), we got second touches for Stewie in situations ... and they were paint touches", Storm coach Dan Hughes told the Seattle Times. "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into". Instead, she smiled, hugged her point guard and celebrated with her teammates before being named Finals MVP, taking team photos and heading to the locker room for some champagne.

"We just rebuilt this team last year bringing in Elena and Kristi, so to be in the Finals in our second year of rebuilding, I mean that's huge", she said.

"Honestly, it didn't feel like my first WNBA Finals close-out game", she said "I think the way I looked at it was just another game".

After 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during the regular season, she averaged 15.8 PPG and 8.3 RPG in Seattle's eight playoff games. After losing a combined 39 games in her first two seasons, including a pair of single-elimination playoff losses, the perennial victor knew it was time for a change.

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.

"The team that we played in their own way are champions", he said. "From letting a team back into the game, to end of game how we're handling things".

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The Storm became the sixth team to sweep a Finals in three games - something the team did in 2010.

"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. "And so we're poised to get better".

The two All-Stars on the team, Delle Donne and Toliver, had a cute moment at the podium minutes after their season ended when discussing the budding chemistry the team has had over the past two years when the pieces first came together. I didn't know (Toliver's' favorite) beer. "She helped to relieve the pressure off me. I felt more and more uncomfortable as we kept going". "She had goals, specific goals, and yeah, she had some individual ones, but I think she knew those individual goals, winning MVP, being dominant, or as dominant as possible, that was going to impact the team positively and probably lead us to where we are now". Poor perimeter shooting contributed. The Mystics were 8 for 23 in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3 percent) in the series.

Stewart led the Storm on Wednesday night, finishing the game with 30 points - shooting 11-of-22 from the field - and eight rebounds.

"We were up at halftime, but we knew D.C. was going to come back", Stewart said.

Students kept rooting for the Storm into the fourth quarter, where the game got close, but never close enough. We showed a lot of character this year, a lot of resiliency coming off after the All-Star break playing really well, and then obviously to make the Finals against a really great team.


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