LeBron James congratulates Seattle Storm on WNBA title

Tanya Simon
September 14, 2018

Breanna Stewart #30 of the Seattle Storm puts up a shot in front of Elena Delle Donne #11 of the Washington Mystics during the first half of Game 3 of the 2018 WNBA Finals. 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.

"She's victor, what else can I say", Auriemma said, smiling broadly as Breanna Stewart strolled around EagleBank Arena after the Storm's 98-82 win clutching the WNBA trophy in one hand and the Finals MVP award in the other.

Breanna Stewart is an Olympic gold medalist and a four-time NCAA champion with CT, and she's now a WNBA champion as well.

She wanted to win a title for them so they could experience what she felt in 2004 and 2010 following championship runs.

It was Stewart and Howard who went off tonight. And she still had 10 points and 10 assists. Bird said. "That's when I knew it was over".

And now it is Bird and Stewart and Loyd and Howard and more, a new championship cast is Seattle. "The difference between really good teams at this level, can be if you're able to get production from places that you don't normally expect".

In her MVP summer, Stewart ranked second in the league in scoring (21.8), third in rebounding (8.4), seventh in blocked shots (1.44), and eighth in steals (1.35) during the regular season.

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Washington reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history. I think we've really grown this fanbase.

The legendary University of CT women's basketball coach sat next to his long-time assistant Chris Daley watching the most decorated player they'd ever coach do what she always does - dominate and win. Case in point: can you imagine planned construction on Capital One Arena during either the National Basketball Association or NHL postseason, forcing the Wizards or Caps to play elsewhere? Delle Donne waxed poetic about how close the team has become.

"On the court, off the court, honestly, Sue is at the center of why we're here, again, " the Storm's president and general manager, Alisha Valavanis, told ESPN's Holly Rowe as the Storm received a new trophy to add to the bulging case.

Delle Donne was also named to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday.

"Obviously each is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have - I don't know, just a different meaning for me because so many reasons that we already know, right, like I didn't know if I'd even be playing at this point", she said.

The season has not only been her most successful, but her most transformational.

"It means I'm still under contract", she said smiling. "To do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react".

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