Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Storm claim WNBA championship sweeping Washington

Seattle's Sue Bird passes in front of the Mystics Elena Delle Donne in the second half of Game 2 Seattle's Sue Bird passes in front of the Mystics Elena Delle Donne in the second half of Game 2
Domingo Copeland | 14 September, 2018, 04:57

A celebratory parade is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday. Washington went from winning 13 games in 2016 with a.382 win percentage to finishing as runner-ups in the WNBA Finals in a year in which they won almost two-thirds of their games.

For Hughes, the focus is on rebounding, particularly on the defensive end to limit second-chance opportunities for Washington's Elena Delle Donne and Toliver.

"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", Stewart said.

This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of CT.

Stewart was not sure what her plans were for Thursday, but said she had a role model to watch.

Australian Opal-in-waiting Sami Whitcomb has come off the bench to help the Seattle Storm clinch the WNBA title. Bird won two titles in college at CT, and now has won three with the Storm. Bird hopes that the elevated stakes Wednesday can motivate the Storm to avoid any complacency they might've experienced in Phoenix.

"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". Case in point: can you imagine planned construction on Capital One Arena during either the National Basketball Association or NHL postseason, forcing the Wizards or Caps to play elsewhere? So this had oddly been a very stressful playoff run for me personally because you want to win so bad.

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Currie has played in nearly any kind of arena you can imagine over her career, so she understands the value of a true home floor as well.

"And I didn't know if I would be back to the Finals ever again". "We're not just going to be satisfied that we got here this season - we've got to improve because everyone else is".

"So, I think it just speaks to Stewie".

After scoring 10 points of 4-for-11 shooting in Game 1, Delle Donne - who suffered a bone bruise in her left knee in the semifinals - scored 17 points on 7 of-16 shooting in Game 2 while switching from a brace to a sleeve. "What she did this year was ahead of schedule for us". Alysha Clark added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Sue Bird, a member of all three Seattle championship teams, had 10 points and 10 assists.

Despite losing in their first Finals appearance in the team's 21-year history, Thibault and the Mystics know that the 9,000-plus fans who traveled 20 miles outside of Washington, D.C., and piled into Eagle Bank Arena know their team, for the first time in nearly a decade, has a bright future. If we win a championship this week, that will be great. The Mystics fared well enough without her in the regular season, ending with the league's fifth-most productive offense, but she was sorely missed when Washington was pitted against Seattle's polished sharpshooters.

"We shot the ball extremely well and I don't know if it was our defense or shots just not going in for them", coach Dan Hughes said.

The coach's first priority was speaking with the team's young players, who will leave within a week to prepare for their seasons in overseas professional leagues. He said before the finals that winning a title would make his career complete. I have to be honest with you, on the plane I was reflecting on that.

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