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Seattle Storm sweeps Washington Mystics

14 September, 2018, 14:26 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Storm guard Jewell Loyd floats to the net for two in the third quarter as the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics for game two of the WNBA Finals at Key Arena in Seattle Sunday

But the Mystics couldn't get any closer, as Finals MVP Breanna Stewart's three-point play on the ensuing possession ignited an 8-0 Seattle run that pushed the deficit back to double digits.

The Storm had MVP Breanna Stewart go off for 30 points on 11-for-22 shooting including 4-for-5 from deep, which was complemented by a monster game from Natasha Howard who had 29 points on 11-for-14 shooting and 14 rebounds. Atkins cemented herself as the Mystics' starting three with her speed and defensive effort, and it didn't hurt that she averaged 20.1 points per 40 minutes in the regular season.

It was also reported that Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was a guest on the next episode of LeBron's HBO show 'The Shop.' Kristi Toliver had 22 points.

The team enjoys champagne in the locker room.

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.

The Minnesota Lynx, who won the WNBA championship in 2017, were not invited to the White House.

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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. Dan Hughes, 63, was lured out of retirement before the season to coach the Storm. "She truly was the MVP of this league".

Seattle, which the had the best-record in the regular season at 26-8 and the No. 1 playoff seed, was too quick, too efficient on the perimeter offensively and just too good for No. 3 Washington. But Stewart drove to the hoop and got the foul on the next possession, then completed the three-point play to halt the Washington momentum.

Stewart was unanimously selected to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday, the league announced at halftime of the game, the only player in the WNBA to be named on all 39 ballots. This has been an outstanding season for this team and without a doubt, their best season in franchise history.

Washington went from winning 13 games in 2016 with a.382 win percentage to finishing as runner-ups in the WNBA Finals in a year in which they won almost two-thirds of their games. In Game 5 of the semifinals she had 28 points.

"We spent a lot of our time this year relying on a rookie player as our third scorer", Thibault said. "Obviously this isn't how we wanted it to end, but it's an experience we can grow from".

"On the court, off the court, honestly, Sue is at the center of why we're here, again, " the Storm's president and general manager, Alisha Valavanis, told ESPN's Holly Rowe as the Storm received a new trophy to add to the bulging case. "To do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react". "I am really happy for her".

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. I think we've really grown this fanbase. She detailed little moments along the way of their 2018 season, the things she said she will miss most this fall and winter when everyone goes their separate ways.

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