Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

History says Seattle Storm WNBA coronation only a matter of time

History says Seattle Storm WNBA coronation only a matter of time

Stewart led the Storm to their third WNBA title Wednesday night, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.

The Seattle Storm bench celebrates in the third quarter against the Washington Mystics during Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on September 7, 2018 in Seattle.

"Each (championship) is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have a different meaning for me", the 37-year-old veteran point guard said. Yes, she's not at 100 percent playing with a bone bruise in her left knee, but the absence of Delle Donne in the fourth quarter was a major factor in Game 2.

Forward Natasha Howard added a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm.

"We said it all year, you can't get too high or too low".

The Mystics, on the other hand, didn't have a single player score in double figures, and only had two points off the bench. "I'm just so thankful that we were both playing in Russian Federation at the time and that we just met because we connected instantly, and that's been my person that I go to about everything in my life".

Bird hasn't talked about retirement, and based on her success this season and Stewart's hope that they win more titles together it isn't coming for at least a few more years. Though the floor of the arena, the home gym of George Mason University, boasts the imported red, white and blue signage of the Mystics, the 10,000 seats surrounding the court alternate from green to yellow - Storm-like colors. That is something that Seattle's Sue Bird and Washington's Kristi Toliver did together years ago that served as the start of a strong friendship that has grown over the past six years.

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

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

For Hughes, the focus is on rebounding, particularly on the defensive end to limit second-chance opportunities for Washington's Elena Delle Donne and Toliver. "I turned to my wife, and her first words were, 'You gotta do this'".

Liz Cambage, Wings: In her first WNBA season since 2013, the Australian center led the league in scoring (23.0 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (9.7 rpg).

Since changing to a best-of-five format for the Finals in 2005, no WNBA team has gone down 2-0 and recovered to force a Game 5.

"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". We knew what to do and how to get better.

One by one, Storm players paid tribute and gave testimonials to their living legend Bird, thanking her for being an inspiration to accomplish their greatest achievement. That followed a 3-for-21 performance in Game 1.

This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of CT.

"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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