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The Seattle Storm won three straight in a best of five series over the Washington Mystics as they handily secured their 3rd WNBA Championship. The Storm went up 20-16 in the 1st quarter and extended that lead to a 46-30 lead at the half. They would never surrender that lead for the remainder of the game, winning 98-82, in a dominant show of force that showcased the old guard and the youngbloods.
The 37 year old Sue Bird won her 3rd championship in her 15 year career. She would have a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists on the game. The record breaking 11x All-Star added to her Hall of Fame career most likely establishing her as the greatest point guard of her era if not all time.
“Each (championship) is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have a different meaning for me,” said the 37-year-old point guard who had 10 points and 10 assists. “There is probably no comparison to be honest. I didn’t know if I’d be playing at this point. Our team went through a rebuild and yes, I decided to stay. Once we got Stewie and Jewell, we knew we’d get to the other side, but how do you know you’re going to get to the other side this fast?”
Youngsters such as WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart and Natasha Howard would dominate in the paint. Stewie would gather 8 rebounds and score 30, while Howard would score 29 and pull down 14 rebounds. With players like these and Ayisha Clark and Jewell Lloyd, the Storm are ready for several more runs.
“Stewie was just amazing,” Storm coach Dan Hughes said. “She truly was the MVP of this league. She truly was the MVP of these Finals. God blessed me with an opportunity to coach her and I will be forever grateful.”