Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Storm, Mystics look to enjoy experience of WNBA Finals

Storm, Mystics look to enjoy experience of WNBA Finals

What led to Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, a 98-82 series-ending loss for the Mystics to the Seattle Storm and the first ever WNBA Finals game held in the D.C. area, was a rapid ascension following the 2016 season, a rebuild that by all accounts has culminated faster than anyone could have predicted.

Stewart, the WNBA's Most Valuable Player this season, added Finals MVP to her resume, which includes four NCAA titles at CT, for which she was named the outstanding player in each of them. Stewart drained all four of her three-point attempts in the first half to build Seattle's insurmountable lead.

Natasha Howard led the way for Seattle with 29 points and 14 rebounds.

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.

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.

The team enjoys champagne in the locker room. The team's first two titles came in 2004 and 2010.

"We don't feel like we peaked and this is it for us", Elena Delle Donne said.

Now, fans can gear up with a brand new Seattle Storm t-shirt, celebrating their three-peat.

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The Senators have said they are entering a rebuilding period and are planning to go with a young roster this season. The six-foot, 191-pound Swede was selected by the Senators with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

"Sue's done everything for me", Stewart told ESPN reporter Holly Rowe after the game.

Washington reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history. "Like numerous girls on this team, I grew up idolizing Sue Bird and playing with her is still a little bit surreal".

Australian Opal-in-waiting Sami Whitcomb has come off the bench to help the Seattle Storm clinch the WNBA title. "Obviously this isn't how we wanted it to end, but it's an experience we can grow from".

Minutes into the third quarter, center LaToya Sanders who has been a picture of consistency for the Mystics this season suffered a left ankle sprain that was initially much scarier. 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. I didn't know (Toliver's' favorite) beer. "This isprobably going to be one of the defining moments of my career". They deserve to be WNBA champions.

"We had a lot of growing up to do and maturing to do and this group really hasn't played together long as a group, he said".

After trailing 69-53 entering the fourth quarter, the Mystics rallied to within five points at 72-67 on a 3-pointer by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 6:49 remaining.

"Not only does Sue understands the things we need to do on the court to be successful, she's knowledgeable about what it takes off the court to be at your best like diet, taking care of yourself and making sure you get proper rest".

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