Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

WNBA Finals: Seattle Storm sweeps Washington Mystics to claim championship, Twitter reacts

WNBA Finals: Seattle Storm sweeps Washington Mystics to claim championship, Twitter reacts

Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky: The eight-year veteran set WNBA records for assists per game (8.6) and total assists (258), along with averaging a career-high 12.5 points. "We all know that we're happy and we're proud of where we were at, but we want to be better and I don't think you have to say that".

It didn't dim their view of how well 2018 went up until the final round.

"I gotta say, as exciting as it is to have the Storm making playoff noise - I'm anxious that everyone's not on the same page". 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.

Stewart saved her best for last and scored 30 points - a career high for the playoffs - on 11-of-22 shooting, including 4 of 5 three-pointers.

The sellout crowd of 9,164 at EagleBank Arena screamed: "De-fense, De-fense", one last rally cry for a Washington Mystics facing elimination for the fourth time this season. "One game leads us to what we've been working for for four months, and just having that mindset".

The Storm became the sixth team to sweep a Finals in three games - something the team did in 2010.

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"There was a moment at the end with like a minute or so left, I think it was the last timeout when we had a chance to huddle and I said, 'Guys we did this". But at 37, the question seems to always linger for the league's oldest player - how much longer will we get to see her do things like this?

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

"We don't make 3s, it's hard for us", Mystics coach Mike Thibault told after Game 2. "She helped to relieve the pressure off me". "I don't know if it was putting us seventh or eighth, I can't remember, and our team took a look at that and said, hell, no. I felt more and more uncomfortable as we kept going".

ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda". She did work inside, finishing post moves and getting to the basket for lay-ups; she did work in the mid-range, knocking down pull up jumpers as part of Seattle's offensive flow; and she knocked down her first four 3-pointers, finishing the day 4-of-5 from beyond the arc as she was able to stretch the Washington defense. Poor perimeter shooting contributed. Washington missed seven 3-pointers in that period and shot just 29.7 percent from the floor in the half. "You know it's early, it's early for us, but to have this kind of support, this is what it's all for". Obviously a great team, and what they have going is going to be exciting for them in the future.

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. "That's what really separated us again".

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