How sweep it is: Seattle wins its third WNBA title

Paola Ditto
Settembre 14, 2018

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. League MVP Breanna Stewart scored 30 points in the victory and was selected Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points through the three games.

The WNBA isn't so different, in the sense that having a collection of top-level players like the Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, Natasha Howard and Sue Bird is the best route to a championship.

Moore averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and a WNBA-leading 1.68 steals during an injury-plagued season for Minnesota as she earned all-WNBA honors for the seventh consecutive season.

The sellout crowd of 9,164 at EagleBank Arena screamed: "De-fense, De-fense", one last rally cry for a Washington Mystics facing elimination for the fourth time this season. She was carried to the locker room and did not return.

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

STAR POWER: The matchup between Delle Donne and Stewart highlights the series.

So here the Seattle Storm are, back on top of the WNBA world, and here Sue Bird is, a champion thrice over. From tying the best record in franchise history in the regular season to making the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history is outstanding and these ladies should have their heads up high as they enter this upcoming offseason. I knew she was that elite level player and more importantly that elite level competitor that wanted to be the best.

Students kept rooting for the Storm into the fourth quarter, where the game got close, but never close enough. We had some great additions along the way, obviously one sitting to my left.

Bird is now celebrating her third championship with the Storm.

The Washington Mystics weren't expected to be this good, this fast. While players haven't been shy about standing up for themselves, they've gotten some help from their National Basketball Association counterparts this year, which is enormous given the men's game's meteoric rise both at home and overseas over the last half decade.

KT: "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

The 24-year-old was also named the WNBA Finals MVP on Wednesday following her 30-point performance.

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.

For Bird, the season was proof that she made the right decision a few years back when her contract was nearing its end. 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. "But our perimeter shooting allowed us to create some separation and then we managed the game pretty well".

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