Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm Win 2018 WNBA Championship

Paola Ditto
Settembre 16, 2018

Déjà vu, and champagne, all over again.

Seattle has won Wednesday for the third time in its history, the american League professional basket female (WNBA), beating Washington three wins to zero.

And now, 14 years after the initial celebration, Bird is the heart and soul of yet another Seattle team that hugged and mugged and savored the trappings of ultimate victory.

"Obviously it's really frustrating to not come away with the win, but we were able to see a lot of things", Delle Donne told the Washington Post.

"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.

"This is probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me", said Stewart, who averaged 25.7 points in the Finals. Howard and Clark filled in the gaps, as did Crystal Langhorne, Sami Whitcomb and rookie point guard Jordin Canada. 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.

"Oh yeah, this is for Sue", league and Finals MVP Breanna Stewart said, drenched with celebratory champagne inside the visiting locker room at EagleBank Arena.

Stewart had stewed during her first two Storm seasons, unwilling to accept mediocrity after such a storied collegiate and Olympic career.

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

Natasha Howard added career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm.

Heroes abounded for the Storm.

But everyone on the delirious Storm side may have been happiest for two people - first-year coach Dan Hughes, and the venerated veteran Bird.

Inheriting a team that had finished 15-19 and 16-18 the previous two years, but dripping with talent, he instilled a defensive mindset and placed his trust in the players. "Look, she's a great player". Stewart had five, tying her season high. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team vote.

The 2018 WNBA title was the third in the Storm's history and first in Stewart's career. Instead, the Storm suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season as the series went to a deciding Game 5.

Once, it was Bird and Lauren Jackson who powered this franchise to such great heights. She motivates me and in return, you want to give her something too.

Seattle landed Jewell Loyd and Stewart, both All-Stars in 2018 with Bird, with the No. 1 overall picks in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The nucleus is young and still hungry, except for Bird, who is, well, not so young, but still hungry. "And we just continued to play for each other".

Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury: Making her fourth All-WNBA Team, Griner led the WNBA in blocks (2.56 bpg) for the sixth straight season and ranked sixth in scoring (20.5 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (7.7 rpg). "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". I didn't know (Toliver's' favorite) beer. It's time to celebrate.

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