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New Opal claims WNBA title with Seattle

13 September, 2018, 23:29 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Sami Whitcomb’s Seattle Storm win the WNBA title

We went through a rebuild a couple of years ago, and who's to say we'd get here this quickly.

The answer came almost four months later with a championship.

Howard had a career-high 29 points, plus 14 rebounds, in the Seattle Storm's 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 on Wednesday.

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

Dan Hughes, 63, was lured out of retirement before the season to coach the Storm. "She truly was the MVP of this league". She was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in all four of her college years. "I think anyone in coaching, we always think there is a little more we can do".

Seattle is in the WNBA Finals for the third time in franchise history.

It also, of course, takes the luck of having the first overall pick in 2016 when Stewart graduated from UConn.

When I got her the next year with the U-19, even the amount of improvement in that one year was incredible. "There is probably no comparison to be honest".

It completed a sweep for the Storm, who know they couldn't have done it without the 6-foot-2 post player.

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

The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise.

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"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", Stewart said.

Joining Stewart (195 points) and Taurasi (179) on the All-WNBA First Team are Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage (190), Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (184) and Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes (138). "If I'm exhausted, she can guard [Elena] Delle Donne, and if she's exhausted, I can do it".

No wonder players and coaches were exhausted after pulling an all-nighter, celebrating at a nearby restaurant after finishing off a sweep of the Washington Mystics just outside the nation's capital.

Stewart said it would be a team decision.

"I think Natasha Howard is the biggest difference between [the Storm] last year and this year on the court".

ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda. Now I can go to the bar, order her everything she needs".

Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in.

"They definitely supported us during the season.to see the turnout at the playoffs, it was huge for us", Bird said. In turn, they've forced Seattle to turn the ball over a combined 25 times so far and forced 15 turnovers in game two alone.

And unlike the semifinals, Seattle seeks to bring a sense of urgency into Game 3. Poor perimeter shooting contributed. The Mystics were 8 for 23 in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3 percent) in the series.

Breanna Stewart scored a playoff career-high 30 points as Seattle dominated Washington. "From letting a team back into the game, to end of game how we're handling things. We were champions again".

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. "This didn't feel like my first trip to the Finals".

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