Seattle Storm sweep Washington Mystics to capture WNBA championship

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2018

A parade and rally is planned for Sunday, Sept. 16 in Seattle.

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.

Washington reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history.

Stewart was named Finals MVP. Sanders would return to the end of the Washington bench by the end of the game with her left leg elevated on other chairs and managed to crutch her way off the court once the Seattle celebration began.

"I'm sure [President Trump] is going to say we're not invited anyway", the Storm guard told KING 5, "so it all works out well".

Loyd and Stewart would prove instrumental, and Bird's continued success and leadership late into her career has been a key to the team's development over the past few years. "Hopefully eat a lot of food I am not supposed to eat and have some champagne - more champagne".

Fairfax, Va. • Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart fretted following the regular-season opener after the Seattle Storm lost at home to the Phoenix Mercury. Bird won two titles in college at CT, and now has won three with the Storm.

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"Whenever you go up 2-0, you understand that teams are going to be desperate", said Bird, who has won two WNBA championships, including in 2010 when Seattle swept Atlanta. Perhaps more than anyone, she is soaking in all the celebration "because you can never re-create that", she said.

But this one felt much different. I didn't know if I'd be back to the finals ever again. Bird said. "That's when I knew it was over".

"We don't want to go [back] to Seattle to play", Stewart said. So for me to be here now, not that I didn't enjoy the other ones, but I'm just truly enjoying this right now. "I've been having hard time putting it into words, it's been that meaningful".

Natasha Howard added career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm and first-year coach Dan Hughes. Acquired by the Storm before the season, she played a huge role in her team's title this year, averaging 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in the playoffs.

When I got her the next year with the U-19, even the amount of improvement in that one year was incredible. "We knew what we had to do to actually win a title and that's what we did". "We stayed in the moment".

"Stewie was just awesome", Storm coach Dan Hughes said.

"It didn't feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game", the poised Stewart said. "I felt more and more uncomfortable as we kept going". "I mean, you can't be unsuccessful if you're in the Finals". "The way she realized that opportunity, and what she did, and how she blended with this basketball team".

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