Seattle Storm sweep Washington Mystics for WNBA Championship

Seattle Storm sweep Washington Mystics for WNBA Championship

There is plenty of time to break down the season once the sting dulls from Wednesday's 98-82 loss to Seattle in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.

Stewart had 30 points, and Howard, who had been a bit player in Minnesota last year when the Lynx won the title, was a monumental contributor all year in Seattle after her acquisition in a trade. Team captain Sue Bird, a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, added 10 points and 10 assists.

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

"We're here in front of our home crowd and we're fighting", Mystics guard Kristi Toliver said. She was carried to the locker room and did not return.

Stewart and Bird have had each had a remarkable year, culminating in a magical end to the season that's been years in the making for their franchise.

"We knew at halftime when we were up whatever it was, 16, 15, whatever it was [17-point lead, 47-30], that they were going to make a run, they were going to make a push", said Stewart.

"Honestly, it didn't feel like my first WNBA Finals closeout".

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"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 had a great season", Delle Donne made clear. 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. "Obviously this isn't how we wanted it to end, but it's an experience we can grow from".

"We'd like to have taken that one last step, but the window for us is open right now", coach Mike Thibault said. If we win a championship this week, that will be great.

"I'm sure he's going to say we're not invited anyway. Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs". "We'll have another year next year, and we'll continue to get better and see if we can get back". They had their work cut out for them Wednesday despite playing at EagleBank Arena, their home court in Fairfax, Virginia, after falling behind 2-0 in the series' first two games 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. "We were champions again". She did work inside, finishing post moves and getting to the basket for lay-ups; she did work in the mid-range, knocking down pull up jumpers as part of Seattle's offensive flow; and she knocked down her first four 3-pointers, finishing the day 4-of-5 from beyond the arc as she was able to stretch the Washington defense.

Head Coach Dan Hughes is celebrating his first league title after previously leading two other WNBA teams to the playoffs.

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