Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics for third WNBA title

Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics for third WNBA title

The three-time WNBL All-Star with the Perth Lynx is now a WNBA champion after making her American league debut for the Storm at age 28 last season.

Asked whether she would visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump, Bird said, "No, I wouldn't".

"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it".

Howard was a deep reserve for Minnesota during the Lynx's title run a year ago, averaging 1.1 points and 0.9 points.

She cited now knowing Toliver's favorite beer, getting to know the families and pets of her teammates, playing games like 'would you rather?' while waiting in airports. "I know she made me a better coach". With Capital One Arena unavailable, the Mystics played their semifinal home games at the Smith Center on the George Washington University campus. We knew what to do and how to get better. As she won her first WNBA title, she did let out a huge scream or jump up and down in unbridled joy. "I am really happy for her".

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Rookie Ariel Atkins stepped up behind Elena Delle Donne and Toliver, averaging 11.3 points per game in the regular season and 15.2 in the playoffs, but the experience gap between Atkins and Meesseman is significant.

The Storm's championship sparked an outpouring of civic pride from the likes of Seattle natives Isaiah Thomas and Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics legend, who ended his Tweet with a joyful proclamation: #WeRepS3attle.

Since changing to a best-of-five format for the Finals in 2005, no WNBA team has gone down 2-0 and recovered to force a Game 5. They forgot about their past, which included seven straight playoffs losses on the road and focused entirely on Game 3. Poor perimeter shooting contributed. The Storm outshot the Mystics in all three games. The Mystics trailed by as many as 18 in the third quarter but clawed within five on a Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 3-pointer with 6:49 left, with Delle Donne scoring or assisting on each basket during an 11-1 run. Starting with a Stewart 3-point play, Seattle countered with eight consecutive points and pulled away. "Sue told us in the huddle that it wasn't going to be easy basically, and it was just how we reacted, how we countered that, and we knew - we got to this point for a reason, also, and it was Game 3 of the Finals, and we were going home with a championship". She detailed little moments along the way of their 2018 season, the things she said she will miss most this fall and winter when everyone goes their separate ways.

"We can really create something here, and I think we've really grown this fan base", said Delle Donne. In the end, the Storm, who dominated the regular season, proved to be the league's best team.

Stewart had the ball in her hands in the final seconds of the game, nonchalantly tossing it ahead as the buzzer sounded before turning around and embracing Bird to celebrate the title.

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