Breanna Stewart Leads The Storm To The WNBA Chip, Winning MVP

Breanna Stewart Leads The Storm To The WNBA Chip, Winning MVP

The Storm clinched the third decisive victory in the hall of Mystics, on the score of 98 to 82. After eliminating Phoenix in a thrilling five-game series in the 2018 WNBA Semifinals, the Storm collected two triumphs in the Emerald City against Washington (89-76 on September 7; 75-73 on September 9) before defeating the Mystics on Wednesday to complete the sweep.

The 24-year-old forward is the sixth player to win both MVP awards in the same season joining Cynthia Cooper (who did it twice), Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles and former Storm star Lauren Jackson.

When Breanna Stewart left the University of CT after winning an unprecedented four straight NCAA titles, coach Geno Auriemma said that she might be the best of a long list of former UConn icons who have become WNBA All-Stars, Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers.

"They clearly were the best team from start to finish, in my opinion", Thibault said. "Hopefully eat a lot of food I am not supposed to eat and have some champagne - more champagne".

The triumph made Stewart the 11th player to win NCAA and WNBA titles and Olympic and FIBA world championship gold medals. Bird won two titles in college at CT, and now has won three with the Storm. Perhaps more than anyone, she is soaking in all the celebration "because you can never re-create that", she said.

"I think exposure is the biggest thing", said Currie about helping the WNBA game grow.

"This has been, oddly, a very stressful playoff run", Bird said. And when you know what can go wrong, you kind of overthink it.

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"I didn't ask them to do anything for me", Bird said. That got us before. "I've been having hard time putting it into words, it's been that meaningful".

The Storm had MVP Breanna Stewart go off for 30 points on 11-for-22 shooting including 4-for-5 from deep, which was complemented by a monster game from Natasha Howard who had 29 points on 11-for-14 shooting and 14 rebounds.

"On the court, off the court, honestly, Sue is at the center of why we're here, again, " the Storm's president and general manager, Alisha Valavanis, told ESPN's Holly Rowe as the Storm received a new trophy to add to the bulging case.

Stewart scored and scored and scored in this series, capping her first Finals appearance with 30 points - a career high in the playoffs - eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Mystics, in their first Finals in franchise history, were far from disgraced rallying from 18 points down to trail 72-67 with 6:49 remaining. Obviously the kid knows how to win.

But everyone on the delirious Storm side may have been happiest for two people - first-year coach Dan Hughes, and the venerated veteran Bird.

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