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Basketball WNBA: Seattle sacred for the 3rd time

Basketball WNBA: Seattle sacred for the 3rd time

If the Storm's first title in 2004 was unexpected bliss and the 2010 run to a championship when Seattle won a franchise-best 28 games during the regular season before going undefeated in the playoffs was dominant, then this iteration of the Storm was a combination of the previous championship teams.

The Mystics had no answers for Stewart and Howard and that was before Alysha Clark added 15 points and nine rebounds and Bird notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.

The victory catapulted the Storm to an unassailable 3-0 lead and series sweep in the best-of-five WNBA Finals.

Stewart was unanimously selected to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday, the league announced at halftime of the game, the only player in the WNBA to be named on all 39 ballots. The team, which formed in 1998, had been to the semifinals twice before this season, losing to NY in 2002 and to the eventual champion Minnesota Lynx in 2017.

The 30-year-old, who is poised to make her Opals debut at the women's World Cup in Spain later this month, played crunch-time minutes during Seattle's 98-82 win over the Washington Mystics at Virginia's EagleBank Arena on Thursday (AEST).

In the second quarter, Seattle rattled off a 20-8 run to end the first half that saw the deficit grow from five to 17 for Washington. "I, unfortunately, wasn't able to practice a lot in the moments that we had off, so I was kind of trying to figure out my go-to moves as games were going on and just trying to get comfortable finding different ways".

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"The ref gave a foul and personally I don't understand how it was a foul but these decisions happen and you have just got to move on", said Trippier.

"We can't relax", Storm forward Natasha Howard told the Seattle Times.

As did numerous players who represent those teams, such as Seahawks stars Earl Thomas, Russell Wilson and Frank Clark.

Stewart had 30 points, and Howard, who had been a bit player in Minnesota last year when the Lynx won the title, was a monumental contributor all year in Seattle after her acquisition in a trade. For a game featuring teams from Seattle and Washington D.C., Hartford-New Haven had the second highest viewership for markets watching the championship behind only Seattle-Tacoma, according to ESPN. "Not now. We know they're going home and they'll feel good about being at home in front of their fans". I didn't know if I'd be playing at this point. Point guard Kristi Toliver was right behind her, adding 22 points.

"We don't feel like we peaked and this is it for us", Elena Delle Donne said.

"I think this was our year", Hughes said. We went through a rebuild a couple of years ago, and who would know we get here this quickly. "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into". 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.


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