Stewart powers Storm to WNBA title

Storm forward Breanna Stewart signs autographs for fans before game one of the WNBA Finals as the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics at Key Arena in Seattle Friday

What took place on Wednesday night on the campus of George Mason University, in a green-and-yellow arena turned red-and-blue, would have been hard to imagine just two years ago. We showed a lot of character, a lot of resiliency. Washington's Entertainment and Sports Arena is scheduled to open September 22 and will house the entire Mystics operation, offices for Thibault and his staff included.

That construction schedule manifested in an unplanned postseason barnstorming of our local Atlantic 10 basketball arenas.

Choosing not to dwell on the team's third straight loss, or make any excuses as to how it fell on the wrong end of 3-0 WNBA Finals sweep, he was already looking ahead. Bird scored 10 points (including the final two with under a minute to play) and dished out 10 assists, many on her patented no-look passes. Despite the signs on the baselines, the rally towels, even the actual home wooden floor brought in for the game, the Mystics' red, white and blue looked out of place. A near-capacity crowd packed in and lifted the mood into a frenzy early. Our team has handled it. A reliable scorer and rebounder to pair down low with Delle Donne, Meesseman was an All-Star in 2015 at just 22 years old.

Bird, also a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, was certainly appreciative of the title - and the growth of the Storm's younger players. In hopes of lighting a fire under his team, head coach Mike Thibault verbally assaulted an official before heading to the locker room for intermission, which earned him a technical foul.

"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart said after the game.

"I mean, it was different", Delle Donne acknowledged. We can build on this. "But it won't be the end of the world if we don't". On Wednesday night she had 30 points and 8 rebounds, and throughout the series she averaged 25.7 points. Too many offensive rebounds (13) led to too many second- and third- chance opportunities.

Washington shot 43.5 percent from the field (30 of 69) but was 8 of 23 from beyond the 3-point arc.

That won't take away from the most successful season in franchise history, though.

"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. It didn't go our way, but you've got to keep things in perspective, and everybody else in the league wishes that they were playing tonight, and so we're very aware of that and thankful that we were here, and we know we can improve.

Part of that is simple recognition. It was filled with almost 10,000 fans who provided an atmosphere worthy of a Finals game.

"I posted on the board for my team in training camp one of the preseason predictions that was put out there", Thibault recollected.

In Game 1, Washington had no shot as Seattle asserted their dominance. "It really gave us that home court advantage". And when you know what can go wrong, you kind of overthink it.

"I think that series, looking back on Phoenix, it's something that we really learned from", Stewart said.

"We had a goal for this year". Delle Donne waxed poetic about how close the team has become. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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