Stewart reinforces elite status with WNBA title

Stewart reinforces elite status with WNBA title

The Mystics got out to a 4-0 lead with Kristi Toliver and Elena Delle Donne knocking down jump shots, while the Storm had back-to-back turnovers. In Game 3, the Storm were outplayed by the Mercury, who received dominant performances from DeWanna Bonner, Brittney Griner and unlikely hero Yvonne Turner. "Not now. We know they're going home and they'll feel good about being at home in front of their fans". We'd like to have taken that one last step, but the window for us is open right now. We went through a rebuild a couple of years ago, and who would know we get here this quickly.

A young Seattle team that lost in the first round the past two years and won just 15 games last season, obliterated the Mystics. With that facility no longer an option, they'll be hosting the Storm at EagleBank Arena on the George Mason campus in Fairfax, Va.

The Seattle Storm celebrate after capturing their third WNBA crown. The Storm's previous championships came in 2004 and 2010. They're on the verge of becoming the sixth franchise in league history to win at least three championships.

UConn alumna Breanna Stewart glanced over at her teammates with a smile, soaking in the moments after winning the Seattle Storm's third WNBA Title Wednesday night.

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The Mystics got the deficit back to five points, but a trademark Whitcomb steal was followed by a three pointer and Seattle had the buffer they needed.

"We don't make 3s, it's hard for us", Mystics coach Mike Thibault told after Game 2. ".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".

"They definitely supported us during the see the turnout at the playoffs, it was huge for us", Bird said. During that 10-minute frame, the home team shot just 26.3 percent (5-for-19) from the field to only manage 14 points in the quarter.

The Mystics looked poised for a fourth-quarter comeback by opening the period on an 11-1 run, with Delle Donne scoring the first six points. "But our perimeter shooting allowed us to create some separation and then we managed the game pretty well". She stayed, the team got incredibly lucky in the draft and added Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart and a couple of more important pieces and suddenly this season the Storm seemed destined for the title since about the second week of the season. "Now I can go to the bar, order her everything she needs".