WNBA Finals: Storm sweep Mystics to win third title

Seattle is in the WNBA Finals for the third time in franchise history. Seattle ended up losing that game by 2 points, and in an essay for The Players' Tribune Bird said that she was proud of the team because they proved they could do it without her - something she's been pushing them to realize all season. Despite being down two-games-to-none, backs against the wall, energy and optimism abounded. "I'm super proud of the way we bounced back from a lot of adversity that we faced all season long". Our team has handled it. A reliable scorer and rebounder to pair down low with Delle Donne, Meesseman was an All-Star in 2015 at just 22 years old. In hopes of lighting a fire under his team, head coach Mike Thibault verbally assaulted an official before heading to the locker room for intermission, which earned him a technical foul. "It really gave us that home court advantage. I mean, we're the champs". We can build on this. "But it won't be the end of the world if we don't".

The 2018 WNBA title was the third in the Storm's history and first in Stewart's career.

In Game 1, Washington made just 3 of 21 shots from beyond the arc.

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.

"The talent has definitely improved", said Monique Currie, a 13-year veteran.

"Just knowing that Game 3 was so important; obviously playing on the road is tough, but we knew we could close out this series and we wanted to do it today", Stewart said.

Part of that is simple recognition. I like to push off one leg, and floaters, step-backs, all that off my left leg, so just trying to find a different way to get it done.

Hughes came out of retirement at age 63 for one more crack at a WNBA title, which had eluded him during 15 previous seasons coaching in San Antonio, Cleveland and Charlotte.

Those fans who attended the games at Smith Center and Wednesday's tilt at Eagle Bank Arena got a glimpse of what that atmosphere might well be like next year at the ESA.

"We understand that we have to take care of the ball", Bird said. "I've been having hard time putting it into words, it's been that meaningful". "When you know what can go wrong, you kind of overthink it".

"I told somebody, I'm built for this and I mean that", said Stewart, who won four NCAA titles at the University of CT. "They are going to play that way offensively, they're going to play that way defensively". Just as Black Mamba relinquished his throne to a younger LBJ, Diana "White Mamba" Taurasi basically passed the baton to Seattle Stew in the Phoenix Mercury's five-game semifinals loss. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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