New Opal claims WNBA title with Seattle

New Opal claims WNBA title with Seattle

This was total domination.

Bird now has her third WNBA 'chip, and her first since 2010. The 6-4 forward was the only player named to the First Team on all 39 ballots in voting by a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. When I got her the next year with the U-19, even the amount of improvement in that one year was incredible. 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. She truly was the MVP of these Finals. "And so we're poised to get better".

"And to see it end like this, it's a dream".

"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", she said. "I can't believe it". Starting with a Stewart 3-point play, Seattle countered with eight consecutive points and pulled away.

The Storm stayed true to its mantra to never look back and always focus on the next game. Each lost Game 3. She finished with 29 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. It was a rare show of emotion from a normally reserved Bird, and the 14 points she dropped in the fourth, including four threes, to send the Storm to the Finals set social media ablaze.

Stewart and Howard each scored 17 points in the first half as the Storm took a 47-30 lead.

"It didn't feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game", the poised Stewart said. I wasn't nervous. I was calm.

Stewart, the 2018 WNBA MVP, directed Seattle to its second-best record (26-8) in franchise history and the top seed in the WNBA Playoffs.

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No one mentioned it publicly during the five-month run up to the WNBA Finals because they knew Sue Bird wouldn't approve. 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.

Washington shot 43.5 percent from the field (30 of 69) but was 8 of 23 from beyond the 3-point arc.

But this one felt much different. "Probably a combination of both". Poor perimeter shooting contributed.

Diana Taurasi, Mercury: The WNBA's all-time points leader tied for third in the league in scoring with 20.7 points per game, her highest average since 2011.

Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining.

She's paired with Stewart, All-Star guard Jewell Loyd, two-time champion Natasha Howard, defensive ace Alysha Clark and a supporting cast that includes Whitcomb and rookie Jordin Canada, Bird's heir apparent.

The championship parade starts 1 p.m. Sunday at Seattle Center and will end at KeyArena.

"We were up at halftime, but we knew D.C. was going to come back", Stewart said. If we win a championship this week, that will be great. "And to do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react to be honest". "That's what really separated us again".

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