Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

On cusp of 3rd WNBA title, Seattle Storm not about to relax

Storm forward Breanna Stewart is all smiles during warmups before the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics for game two of the WNBA Finals at Key Arena in Seattle Sunday Breanna Stewart, Elena Delle Donne among All-WNBA first-team selections
Frederick Owens | 13 September, 2018, 23:30

The Seattle Storm know their 2-0 lead over the Washington Mystics in the best-of-five WNBA Finals is more precarious than it appears.

And unlike the semifinals, Seattle seeks to bring a sense of urgency into Game 3.

This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of CT. ".We had a goal and that was to win a championship and every one of us, 1-12, the coaching staff, our entire staff helped us reach this point". Stewart was 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team vote. Starting with a Stewart 3-point play, Seattle countered with eight consecutive points and pulled away. Yet less than a minute later, the Storm had the lead back to 15 points, completely shutting the Mystics down.

Seattle, which the had the best-record in the regular season at 26-8 and the No. 1 playoff seed, was too quick, too efficient on the perimeter offensively and just too good for No. 3 Washington.

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. From there, it was smooth sailing to the 16-point win.

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Seattleites are invited to celebrate the Seattle Storm's WNBA championship win over the Washington Mystics on Sunday with a parade and rally at KeyArena. I just wanted to bridge that gap as fast as I could, and they've been great. "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". It didn't go our way, but you've got to keep things in perspective, and everybody else in the league wishes that they were playing tonight, and so we're very aware of that and thankful that we were here, and we know we can improve.

Natasha Howard added career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm and first-year coach Dan Hughes. Their combined 59 points alone accounted for more than 61 percent of the Storms' points. Veteran Sue Bird became the Storm's all-time leading scorer, and the WNBA's all-time assists leader. Kristi Toliver had 22 points.

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

In the past year Stewart has spoken up about her assault, posed for ESPN's Body Issue (as did Bird) and won both the league and finals MVP trophies.

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