League MVP Breanna Stewart top-scored for the Storm with 30 points to earn the nod as the Finals' best player after averaging 25.6 points across the three games.
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. The 2018 Most Improved Player, Natasha Howard added another dimension to the Storm this season, recording career-high averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards and 2.0 blocks per outing.
"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it".
"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart said after the game. Washington already has staved off elimination on three occasions this postseason: The Mystics routed Los Angeles in a single-elimination second-round matchup at home; they won Game 4 at home in the semifinals; and then they won on the road in a squeaker over Atlanta in Game 5 to advance to the WNBA Finals. "We knew what we had to do to actually win a title and that's what we did". "Not now. We know they're going home and they'll feel good about being at home in front of their fans".
The victory catapulted the Storm to an unassailable 3-0 lead and series sweep in the best-of-five WNBA Finals.
Minutes into the third quarter, center LaToya Sanders who has been a picture of consistency for the Mystics this season suffered a left ankle sprain that was initially much scarier. And after two years of losing, she was ready to win her first title and make sure that it isn't her last. I didn't know (Toliver's' favorite) beer.
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The next wave of WNBA stars will be led by Stewart a product of a UConn Huskies machine that brings a culture of leadership, teamwork, talent, championship pedigree and visibility to the WNBA game. After going up 2-0 against Phoenix, Seattle needed five games to close out a feisty Mercury squad.
"We don't want to go [back] to Seattle to play", Stewart said. "We're only out there on the court a little bit of time together, but the moments that we spend hanging out in the airport, playing 'would you rather, ' hanging out, getting dinner together, those are the moments that are so special, and what we're actually probably going to miss the most now that this season has ended".
Stewart had stewed during her first two Storm seasons, unwilling to accept mediocrity after such a storied collegiate and Olympic career.
However, the Storm closed the door with a 24-10 run that included a pair of dagger three-pointers from backup guard Sami Whitcomb and Bird.
For Bird, the season was proof that she made the right decision a few years back when her contract was nearing its end. "We were champions again".