Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Seattle Storm crowned WNBA champions for 3rd time

Seattle Storm crowned WNBA champions for 3rd time

Seattle Storm forward and league MVP Breanna "Stewie" Stewart hopes to eat and drink all that her "heart desires" in coming days after leading her team to its third WNBA title Wednesday night.

"I think that series, looking back on Phoenix, it's something that we really learned from", Stewart said. We feel like we've got a lot of young, great talent, and obviously this isn't how we wanted it to end, but it's an experience that we can grow from.

And while it will be a much smaller building than they've been used to for years, it will be much more like the ones they've played in the last couple weeks.

"And I didn't know if I would be back to the Finals ever again".

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The game didn't resume until almost two hours later, when the AFC squads came onto the field to close the half. This has been an absolutely disastrous opening Sunday for Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota .

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. "Not now. We know they're going home and they'll feel good about being at home in front of their fans". ".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". That's a pretty important thing to know about Panda. "He didn't invite the last WNBA champions", she said. "Now I can go to the bar, order her everything she needs".

Since changing to a best-of-five format for the Finals in 2005, no WNBA team has gone down 2-0 and recovered to force a Game 5. Each lost Game 3. 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. Poor perimeter shooting contributed. After eliminating Phoenix in a thrilling five-game series in the 2018 WNBA Semifinals, the Storm collected two triumphs in the Emerald City against Washington (89-76 on September 7; 75-73 on September 9) before defeating the Mystics on Wednesday to complete the sweep. 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. Its star Breanna Stewart has already registered 30 points, including 17 before the break. "I've seen her as a youngster, and I have seen her with the Storm, and she really is truly awesome".

It was close at the start of the second quarter, and then it wasn't after Stewart took over and scored nine points in the period. Two of the league's most improved players were on the Mystics' roster. If it all sounded a bit mundane a day after the end of the best run in team history, Thibault said: "That's kind of how it goes when you have a good season".

"Each (championship) is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have a different meaning for me", the 37-year-old veteran point guard said.

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