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Breanna Stewart Leads The Storm To The WNBA Chip, Winning MVP

Breanna Stewart Leads The Storm To The WNBA Chip, Winning MVP

The Storm closed things out in game three, behind a whopping 30 points from Stewart - who won the Finals MVP Award.

The Storm had MVP Breanna Stewart go off for 30 points on 11-for-22 shooting including 4-for-5 from deep, which was complemented by a monster game from Natasha Howard who had 29 points on 11-for-14 shooting and 14 rebounds. And of course, Atkins emerged as one of the best rookies in a strong 2018 draft class, showcasing her ability as both a tenacious defender and viable offensive threat behind Delle Donne and Toliver. "Obviously this isn't how we wanted it to end, but it's an experience we can grow from". It really is. It all feels so surreal.

Stewart wouldn't allow this series to extend past Game 3, she was eager to get the champagne popping. Even though it hadn't been in the WNBA yet, she clearly knows what it takes, and sometimes it just takes a couple of years to really figure out yourself in this league because it's a very tough league to play in, and now here she is. "We'll have another year next year, and we'll continue to get better and see if we can get back".

"There's been a huge transformation with the culture of this team", said Delle Donne, who was acquired by Washington before the 2017 season.

Howard was a deep reserve for Minnesota during the Lynx's title run a year ago, averaging 1.1 points and 0.9 points.

Seattle swept the best-of-five series, 3-0. 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. The Mystics were relegated to Smith Center on the campus of George Washington for their home Semifinals games, but scheduling issues there pushed Wednesday night's WNBA Finals game all the way out to Fairfax.

The two All-Stars on the team, Delle Donne and Toliver, had a cute moment at the podium minutes after their season ended when discussing the budding chemistry the team has had over the past two years when the pieces first came together.

Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining. Too many short range shots left at the rim cost Washington crucial points. Starting with a Stewart 3-point play, Seattle countered with eight consecutive points and pulled away.

"I'm sure he's going to say we're not invited anyway. It's a shame we couldn't give them one more home game but I feel good about this team going forward and we're a full year ahead of schedule", Coach Thibault said proudly. 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". It took a 14-point fourth-quarter performance from a facemask-adorning Bird in Game 5 to ensure the Storm weren't on the wrong side of the record books.


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