Mystics fall short of title as Storm sweep WNBA Finals


Washington reduced the margin to eight points with eight minutes remaining and Seattle coach Dan Hughes immediately called Whitcomb off the bench to help close out the game. "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?" We had some great additions along the way, obviously one sitting to my left.

Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points, and Kristi Toliver had 22 for the Mystics, who were appearing in the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. "The way she realized that opportunity, and what she did, and how she blended with this basketball team".

Stewart was unanimously selected to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday, the league announced at halftime of the game, the only player in the WNBA to be named on all 39 ballots.

Washington already has staved off elimination on three occasions this postseason: The Mystics routed Los Angeles in a single-elimination second-round matchup at home; they won Game 4 at home in the semifinals; and then they won on the road in a squeaker over Atlanta in Game 5 to advance to the WNBA Finals. It was their first Finals appearance and Wednesday was their first time hosting a Finals game, with a sellout crowd of 9,164 in the building.

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What took place on Wednesday night on the campus of George Mason University, in a green-and-yellow arena turned red-and-blue, would have been hard to imagine just two years ago. "One game leads us to what we've been working for for four months, and just having that mindset". Howard is the third player to win back-to-back WNBA titles with different teams.

The three-time WNBL All-Star with the Perth Lynx is now a WNBA champion after making her American league debut for the Storm at age 28 last season.

She became the sixth player in WNBA history to be named regular season and Finals MVP in the same year, joining last year's victor Sylvia Fowles (2017), former Storm star Lauren Jackson (2010), Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (2009) and a pair of legends in Lisa Leslie (2001) and Cynthia Cooper (1997, 1998).

"There's been a huge transformation with the culture of this team", said Delle Donne, who was acquired by Washington before the 2017 season.

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She cited now knowing Toliver's favorite beer, getting to know the families and pets of her teammates, playing games like 'would you rather?' while waiting in airports. Previous year we were brand new. "I was trying to kind of figure out my go-to moves as games were going on and just try to get comfortable finding different ways". That's a pretty important thing to know about Panda.

KT: "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

But Seattle countered with eight consecutive points to pull away and put the game to bed.

"I'm sure he's going to say we're not invited anyway".

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Weah, 51, featured briefly for Lone Star in the encounter, and his every touch on the ball was hailed with loud roar from the fans.

Students kept rooting for the Storm into the fourth quarter, where the game got close, but never close enough. "That's what really separated us again".