In Game 1, Washington had no shot as Seattle asserted their dominance. They said so time and again after losing Game 3 of the WNBA Finals Wednesday and falling to Seattle in a 3-0 sweep. "So to end it this way, there's nothing better". The Storm outshot the Mystics in all three games. Rightfully so, the team's 3-0 sweep of the Washington Mystics in the Finals caught the attention of National Basketball Association stars such LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, among others. In the first of those Finals trips, the Sun lost to Seattle. There was a team meeting before Coach-General Manager Mike Thibault conducted a handful of exit interviews.
"When you talk about being a coach on the floor, she's it", said first-year Storm coach Dan Hughes who admits to sharing authority in the locker room and during timeouts with Bird.
Despite trailing by double-digits the entire third quarter, the Mystics made one last push starting late in that frame.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt sank a three-pointer with 6:49 left to cut Seattle's 16-point lead to five (72-67). Unfortunately for the home team, Seattle immediately responded with an 8-0 run and coasted the rest of the way.
In addition to Stewie's impressive stats, forward Natasha Howard hit a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds. They deserve to be WNBA champions. "Their experience showed in this playoff series". "She makes your team better".
But this one felt much different. "I felt more and more uncomfortable as we kept going".
The Mystics' success arrived two weeks early for their infrastructure, too. Our team went through a rebuild and yes, I made a decision to stay.
"To have their own place, not to worry about being bounced out in the playoffs, that's something that will be in the past for the Mystics, and I think that's a great thing", she said. "When you're on the other side of it, you try to slow her down and obviously, we didn't get that done". We're still new. We're still getting to learn one another.
"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".
They have a superstar in Delle Donne and ascending players at most positions.
"We were up at halftime, but we knew D.C. was going to come back", Stewart said. And of course, Atkins emerged as one of the best rookies in a strong 2018 draft class, showcasing her ability as both a tenacious defender and viable offensive threat behind Delle Donne and Toliver. "What she did this year was ahead of schedule, for us", Thibault said of the seventh overall pick.
The sharpshooter, who played three seasons with the Perth Lynx, averaged 6.0 points per game throughout the three Finals games, playing a key role off the bench. "And so we will".