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SEA 98, WASH 82: Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics for WNBA title

SEA 98, WASH 82: Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics for WNBA title

Seattle Storm forward and league MVP Breanna "Stewie" Stewart hopes to eat and drink all that her "heart desires" in coming days after leading her team to its third WNBA title Wednesday night.

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. She had 13 points, four assists and four rebounds in Sunday's game cheered on by the Storm's fans. Bird had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists in the clinching final game.

Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver led the way for the Mystics in the loss, scoring 23 and 22 points, respectively. In addition to setting the franchise single-season record for points (742) and field goals (270), Stewart broke her own single-season franchise record for 20-plus point games, boasting 22 on the year.

The location, George Mason University, marked the third arena Washington has called home this season and the second in the playoffs. Emma Meeseman for starters will be a huge boost when she returns next season. The Storm's previous championships came in 2004 and 2010.

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

So what is the connection between the 2018 WNBA Champion Seattle Storm and Mountlake Terrace?

"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. She was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in all four of her college years.

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The Mystics, on the other hand, didn't have a single player score in double figures, and only had two points off the bench.

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. But Seattle pulled away to capture the championship. Beyond the obvious, the circumstances of a venue change (thanks, Drake and Migos), the rise of the Washington Mystics in a short period of time has been nothing short of remarkable.

"This team made a lot of great strides from last year to this year".

ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda. And so we're poised to get better". Stewart had 25 points in each of the first two meetings but was held to 10 in the final matchup. "We're only out there on the court a little bit of time together, but the moments that we spend hanging out in the airport, playing 'would you rather, ' hanging out, getting dinner together, those are the moments that are so special, and what we're actually probably going to miss the most now that this season has ended".

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

Bird understands her career is nearing the end, even though she remains among the league's best.


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