Seattle Storm sweep Washington Mystics to capture WNBA championship

Annette Crawford
September 14, 2018

"But we got better throughout the year".

The answer came almost four months later with a championship.

If the Storm's first title in 2004 was unexpected bliss and the 2010 run to a championship when Seattle won a franchise-best 28 games during the regular season before going undefeated in the playoffs was dominant, then this iteration of the Storm was a combination of the previous championship teams.

The WNBA isn't so different, in the sense that having a collection of top-level players like the Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, Natasha Howard and Sue Bird is the best route to a championship. One of the league's most decorated players also grasps the impact of her latest triumph. The Storm entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and swept the finals.

The Seattle Storm swept the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals, thanks to the top-notch play from the (apparently) ageless Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart.

But everyone on the delirious Storm side may have been happiest for two people - first-year coach Dan Hughes, and the venerated veteran Bird.

Now she can add a WNBA title and a WNBA Finals MVP to her resumé. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four an unprecedented four times.

"I have seen her with the national team this last Olympics", Team USA assistant coach Jennifer Rizzotti said.


Stewart, Bird and Delle Donne could all join Team USA before they open play at the FIBA Women's World Cup beginning September 22 in Spain. She finished with 31 points and 14 rebounds, both team highs. "And to do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react to be honest". The team was young, and Bird knew they were rebuilding, but she chose to stay.

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The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise. Whether in the wins at Smith Center or the loss Wednesday night at Eagle Bank Arena, those have provided the kind of home court advantage that every team and fan base wishes for. "I packed really lightly", Collier said. "Teams are going to have to figure out some ways to match up and have as much fire power as they do because even on the nights that you play pretty good defense, they still - they just have so many weapons to put the ball in the basket".

Elena Delle Donne, their 2016 Olympic teammate, scored 23 points for the Mystics.

Moore averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and a WNBA-leading 1.68 steals during an injury-plagued season for Minnesota as she earned all-WNBA honors for the seventh consecutive season.

"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it".

"It's a small arena", said Delle Donne of the 4,200-seat ESA, which will be the lowest capacity in the league. Beyond the obvious, the circumstances of a venue change (thanks, Drake and Migos), the rise of the Washington Mystics in a short period of time has been nothing short of remarkable.

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