Seattle Storm capture third WNBA title after sweeping Washington Mystics

Seattle Storm players Sue Bird Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart celebrate during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals Wednesday night in Fairfax Va

"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart said after the game.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt sank a 3-pointer with 6:49 left to cut Seattle's 16-point lead at the start of the fourth to five (72-67) and inject a little suspense in a game the Storm controlled for three quarters.

Players such as point guard Natasha Cloud, who ascended to become the team's starting point guard, and Tianna Hawkins, who lost 20 pounds before the start of the season so she could play more effectively off the bench, give Sanders confidence. "This is all about Sue".

Stewart and Bird have had each had a remarkable year, culminating in a magical end to the season that's been years in the making for their franchise.

"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. "I got you, Panda".

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Winning and alcohol creates potent truth serum where confessions and secrets are revealed. One of the league's most decorated players also grasps the impact of her latest triumph. The 6-4 forward was the only player named to the First Team on all 39 ballots in voting by a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. "Now I can go to the bar and order everything she needs". Despite that, the basketball legend has been trying her best to help her young teammates prepare for when she's no longer there. A reliable scorer and rebounder to pair down low with Delle Donne, Meesseman was an All-Star in 2015 at just 22 years old. "It came down to a stop, and I thought we really did a good job". "Look, this isn't about me".

"We thought, 'Oh, crap, what kind of year is this going to be?'" Bird reminisced. And we did that. I just wanted to bridge that gap as fast as I could, and they've been great.

In truth, it was never really much of a secret. Following the Phoenix loss, Seattle won five in a row. 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.

She has added to her list of accomplishments the title of MVP of the final, with an average of 25.6 points over the three matches won in the face of the Mystics. Hayes, in her seventh season after graduating from UConn in 2012, was a second-round draft pick by the Dream. Stewart, the MVP, and Loyd carried the scoring for much of the season, combining for almost 40 points per game. "She's exactly what you want in a point guard and a leader. When you're on the other side of it, you try to slow her down and obviously, we didn't get that done".

Hughes came out of retirement at age 63 for one more crack at a WNBA title, which had eluded him during 15 previous seasons coaching in San Antonio, Cleveland and Charlotte.

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