Stewart had 30 points, and Howard, who had been a bit player in Minnesota last year when the Lynx won the title, was a monumental contributor all year in Seattle after her acquisition in a trade.
A rally and a parade are planned for Sunday afternoon near Seattle Center.
The Storm closed on a 26-15 run to seal the game, the series, Seattle’s third WNBA championship.
She became just the sixth player in league history to win the regular-season and Finals MVP award in the same year.
“Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing”, Stewart said. We didn’t know – I mean, I didn’t even know her favorite beer, and that’s a pretty important thing to know about Panda.
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.
What was billed as a battle between two of the league’s most lethal three-point shooting teams turned into a one-sided display for the Storm. Bird won two titles in college at CT, and now has won three with the Storm. “I feel like we’ve got a lot of young, great talent”.
The Mystics, on the other hand, didn’t have a single player score in double figures, and only had two points off the bench. So this had oddly been a very stressful playoff run for me personally because you want to win so bad.
Currie has played in nearly any kind of arena you can imagine over her career, so she understands the value of a true home floor as well. “We’re poised to get better”. “And we just continued to play for each other”. I’ve been having a hard time putting it all into words.
Breanna Stewart scored 30 points, Natasha Howard added 29 points, and Sue Bird notched 10 assists to help Seattle earn a 98-82 victory and a sweep in the Finals. While players haven’t been shy about standing up for themselves, they’ve gotten some help from their National Basketball Association counterparts this year, which is enormous given the men’s game’s meteoric rise both at home and overseas over the last half decade.
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. Many of them reserved special praise for Breanna Stewart, the WNBA and WNBA Finals MVP.
“Stewie was just awesome”, Storm coach Dan Hughes said. Now, after his 17 season as a WNBA coach, he finally has his first title.
Then there is Ariel Atkins (22), who just completed a solid rookie campaign many did not see coming. I have to be honest with you, on the plane I was reflecting on that. “Hopefully that can bring out a little more hunger in us”.