UConn alumna Breanna Stewart glanced over at her teammates with a smile, soaking in the moments after winning the Seattle Storm's third WNBA Title Wednesday night. Seattle ended up losing that game by 2 points, and in an essay for The Players' Tribune Bird said that she was proud of the team because they proved they could do it without her - something she's been pushing them to realize all season. But a crucial injury to their best player at the worst time turned a promising playoff run - which included a first-ever trip to the WNBA Finals - into a slog and a three-game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Storm. Howard capped her breakout season with 29 points (on 11 of 14 shooting) with a game-high 14 rebounds. Bird scored 10 points (including the final two with under a minute to play) and dished out 10 assists, many on her patented no-look passes.
Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points for the Mystics. In addition to setting the franchise single-season record for points (742) and field goals (270), Stewart broke her own single-season franchise record for 20-plus point games, boasting 22 on the year.
The sellout crowd of 9,164 at EagleBank Arena screamed: "De-fense, De-fense", one last rally cry for a Washington Mystics facing elimination for the fourth time this season. By the time starting center LaToya Sanders sprained her ankle while saving a loose ball, eventually getting carried to the locker room, the game had largely gotten away from Washington.More news: Cuomo holds 41-point lead over Nixon in NY
"We feel like we have a lot of young, great talent", Delle Donne said. "I was ready to take (the championship trophy) back to Seattle where it belongs". She was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in all four of her college years. I didn't know if I'd be playing at this point.
Webb, a 2002 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Storm and was on the bench when the team won the league title on Wednesday in Fairfax, Virginia.
Check out the brand new t-shirt - which honors the Storm's previous titles and their current roster - below. Washington's Entertainment and Sports Arena is scheduled to open September 22 and will house the entire Mystics operation, offices for Thibault and his staff included. "And so we're poised to get better".More news: Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacements will cost $69 after December
And now it is Bird and Stewart and Loyd and Howard and more, a new championship cast is Seattle.
"Honestly, it didn't feel like my first WNBA Finals closeout. It came down to a stop, and I thought we really did a good job". She motivates me and in return, you want to give her something too. The Mystics trailed by as many as 18 in the third quarter but clawed within five on a Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 3-pointer with 6:49 left, with Delle Donne scoring or assisting on each basket during an 11-1 run.
Then he watched them turn into the best team in the league during the season, and validate that status in the postseason.More news: Hurricane Florence: Five reasons to fear this storm