Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

Stewart powers Storm to WNBA title

Seattle's Sue Bird passes in front of the Mystics Elena Delle Donne in the second half of Game 2 Seattle's Sue Bird passes in front of the Mystics Elena Delle Donne in the second half of Game 2
Andrew Wong | 14 September, 2018, 04:09

"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.

The Seattle Storm cruised to a 2-0 lead over the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals, beating the Mystics by double-digits in the first two games.

"This year it was special, because of the group of ladies that I have and am around", said Howard, who has played in the past four WNBA Finals, winning twice. From tying the best record in franchise history in the regular season to making the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history is outstanding and these ladies should have their heads up high as they enter this upcoming offseason.

The Storm were WNBA champions in 2004 and again in 2010. The team, which formed in 1998, had been to the semifinals twice before this season, losing to NY in 2002 and to the eventual champion Minnesota Lynx in 2017. "We still have a ways to go to make this league what we want it to be as players, just to be a professional league that we can be proud of".

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Stewart was named the Finals Most Valuable Player to go with her regular season MVP award.

Seattle overcame an early deficit to lead 20-16 after the first quarter.

"This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said. The 2018 Most Improved Player, Natasha Howard added another dimension to the Storm this season, recording career-high averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards and 2.0 blocks per outing.

Stewart led the Storm on Wednesday night, finishing the game with 30 points - shooting 11-of-22 from the field - and eight rebounds.

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Stewart had not lost this much in her entire life and she was not about to get used to watching other teams celebrate at the end of the year while she watched.

Howard was a deep reserve for Minnesota during the Lynx's title run a year ago, averaging 1.1 points and 0.9 points. I like to push off one leg, and floaters, step-backs, all that off my left leg, so just trying to find a different way to get it done. "And we get to build on it for these next three games". "Not now. We know they're going home and they'll feel good about being at home in front of their fans".

Some of Seattle's other professional sports teams also were cheering on the Storm.

"They definitely supported us during the season.to see the turnout at the playoffs, it was huge for us", Bird said. The Storm know they won't be able to completely neutralize Washington's star tandem, which is averaging a combined 23.5 points in the best-of-five series, but Seattle must look to limit their touches and attempts.

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