Storm sweep Mystics, win third WNBA title

Storm forward Breanna Stewart is all smiles during warmups before the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics for game two of the WNBA Finals at Key Arena in Seattle Sunday

It's the first WNBA championship for Stewart, who scored 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.

What was billed as a battle between two of the league's most lethal three-point shooting teams turned into a one-sided display for the Storm. 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.

In front of the sold-out George Mason EagleBank Arena of 9,164 souls and not Capital One Arena because of a previously scheduled Drake concert, things got off to a great start for the "home" team.

"There's been a huge transformation with the culture of this team", said Delle Donne, who was acquired by Washington before the 2017 season. From tying the best record in franchise history in the regular season to making the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history is outstanding and these ladies should have their heads up high as they enter this upcoming offseason.

"We don't feel like we peaked and this is it for us", Elena Delle Donne said. "We have seen so much growth in our fanbase in the last two years", Delle Donne said.

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

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But Seattle countered with eight consecutive points to pull away and put the game to bed. "Obviously this isn't how we wanted it to end, but it's an experience we can grow from". For a game featuring teams from Seattle and Washington D.C., Hartford-New Haven had the second highest viewership for markets watching the championship behind only Seattle-Tacoma, according to ESPN. ".We had a goal and that was to win a championship and every one of us, 1-12, the coaching staff, our entire staff helped us reach this point". "We still have a ways to go to make this league what we want it to be as players, just to be a professional league that we can be proud of".

Bird was a linchpin in 2004, when the Storm took their first title, and a stalwart in 2010, when they won again. "I don't know if it was putting us seventh or eighth, I can't remember, and our team took a look at that and said, hell, no".

Howard was a deep reserve for Minnesota during the Lynx's title run previous year, averaging 1.1 points and 0.9 points. "Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs". Too many short range shots left at the rim cost Washington crucial points.

"The fans did a really good job of getting behind us throughout this run".

"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. 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.

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