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Seattle Storm wins third WNBA title

Seattle Storm wins third WNBA title

Seattle obliterated Washington and became the sixth team to sweep the Finals in three games.

Up 2-0 against the Mercury in the WNBA semifinals, Seattle had the chance to clinch the series on the road.

"She's victor, what else can I say", Auriemma said, smiling broadly as Breanna Stewart strolled around EagleBank Arena after the Storm's 98-82 win clutching the WNBA trophy in one hand and the Finals MVP award in the other.

"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart said after the game. The team was young, and Bird knew they were rebuilding, but she chose to stay. Too many short range shots left at the rim cost Washington crucial points. Case in point: can you imagine planned construction on Capital One Arena during either the National Basketball Association or NHL postseason, forcing the Wizards or Caps to play elsewhere?

This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of CT. Yet less than a minute later, the Storm had the lead back to 15 points, completely shutting the Mystics down. Washington finished 8 of 23 on 3-pointers in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3) in the series.

The Storm were WNBA champions in 2004 and again in 2010.

"I can't speak for everybody in here, but certainly I wanted to win for Sue every single day", backup guard Sami Whitcomb said. "I was fine where I was, but boy I would have missed a lot of joy that being part of watching this group grow". "You knew that this was game two and they were going to come out like a better D.C. team than we saw in game one".

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It was Stewart and Howard who went off tonight.

Stewart scored and scored and scored in this series, capping her first Finals appearance with 30 points - a career high in the playoffs - eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Natasha Howard put up a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm. Their combined 59 points alone accounted for more than 61 percent of the Storms' points. In Game 4, in addition to losing Sue Bird to a broken nose, the Storm relinquished a 17-point lead over the course of three quarters.

"Each (championship) is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have a different meaning for me", said 37-year-old point guard Bird.

Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in. Now it's league MVP Breanna Stewart, who had an MVP-type performance in Game 2. Vandersloot is making her All-WNBA debut.

Before the Storm selected Stewart with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, the 6-4 forward arrived with the incredible hype befitting the only player to win four NCAA tournament titles and four Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four awards.

Delle Donne was also named to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday. Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner were not with the team for those two games due to their participation in the WNBA playoffs, but did join them for the trip to France.


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