"It didn't feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game", the poised Stewart said.
When the team won its second championship back in 2010, players visited the White House and were honored by former President Barack Obama.
"Sometimes teams focus so much on Stewie and that allows Tosh to take advantage", Clark said.
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. "We have to think big-picture". Our team went through a rebuild and yes, I chose to stay. "And I hope that we can do it many, many more times". "And our team took a look at that and said, 'Hell no'".
Forward Natasha Howard added a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm.
The Storm outscored the Mystics 26-14 in the second to extend their lead to 46-30 heading into halftime.
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As bedlam burst and champagne poured, Breanna Stewart stood tall inside the cramped, plastic-lined visitor's locker room and allowed herself a smile of gratification. 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. However, she was scoreless in the fourth quarter.
"We had a great season", Delle Donne made clear.
What was billed as a battle between two of the league's most lethal three-point shooting teams turned into a one-sided display for the Storm. This year, she played a starring role. "Honestly, I don't know because this is my first time (to win a WNBA title), so I am just going to follow what Sue (Bird) does". "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. I like to push off one leg in floaters, step-backs, all that off my left leg".
Out of all of the insane moments in the Storm's series against the Mercury - arguably the most intense five games of the entire playoffs - Bird's Game 5 takeover will likely be the most memorable. "But we got better throughout the year".
"They definitely supported us during the season.to see the turnout at the playoffs, it was huge for us", Bird said. The two of them learned how to play off each other.
Seattle coach Dan Hughe praised the Mystics in his opening statement to reporters. "Them being at home helps that cause even more so". The championship trophy has eluded the Mystics for their 21 seasons of existence.