Seattle Storm sweep Washington Mystics to capture WNBA championship

Tanya Simon
September 13, 2018

The Storm rolled past the Mystics 98-82 on Wednesday night at EagleBank Arena at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to complete the series sweep and win their third WNBA title.

Seattle won 26 games during the regular season - 11 more than the 2017 campaign - entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and swept the finals.

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

Candace Parker, Sparks: An All-WNBA selection for the eighth time, Parker (17.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.7 apg) was the only player to reach those averages in points, rebounds and assists this season.

It didn't dim their view of how well 2018 went up until the final round. "I think anyone in coaching, we always think there is a little more we can do". That's a pretty important thing to know about Panda. "Those are huge. Those are huge because not only is she going to score, she's going to distribute well".

Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in. "Where we were picked and where we ended up, they should be excited about, and they should be excited about the future". In turn, they've forced Seattle to turn the ball over a combined 25 times so far and forced 15 turnovers in game two alone. Since the league went to a best-of-five format in 2005, four teams trailed 0-2.

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Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury: Making her fourth All-WNBA Team, Griner led the WNBA in blocks (2.56 bpg) for the sixth straight season and ranked sixth in scoring (20.5 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (7.7 rpg). The Mystics joined that unwanted club.

Washington shot 43.5 percent from the field (30 of 69) but was 8 of 23 from beyond the 3-point arc. When asked how it compared to the other two WNBA titles she's won, she said there's "no comparison honestly".

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt sank a three-pointer with 6:49 left to cut Seattle's 16-point lead to five (72-67). 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.

Washington reduced the margin to eight points with eight minutes remaining and Seattle coach Dan Hughes immediately called Whitcomb off the bench to help close out the game.

Rizzotti, the former UConn star, coached Stewart with the 2011 national team that won gold at the FIBA U-19 world championships in Puerto Montt, Chile.

Bird understands her career is nearing the end, even though she remains among the league's best. It was their first Finals appearance and Wednesday was their first time hosting a Finals game, with a sellout crowd of 9,164 in the building. One of the league's most decorated players also grasps the impact of her latest triumph. "This isprobably going to be one of the defining moments of my career".

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