Storm star Breanna Stewart isn't sure what to do next.
The win for the Storm marks their first WNBA championship since 2010, and the first WNBA title for Hughes. They said so time and again after losing Game 3 of the WNBA Finals Wednesday and falling to Seattle in a 3-0 sweep. But it only tells part of the story.
With a 98-82 win over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday night, the Seattle Storm completed the series sweep and clinched its third WNBA Championship in franchise history at EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University. "We still have a ways to go to make this league what we want it to be as players, just to be a professional league that we can be proud of".
Stewart, 24, had been elected best player of the season (MVP) with an average of 21.8 points per game. Hayes, in her seventh season after graduating from UConn in 2012, was a second-round draft pick by the Dream.More news: Hurricane Helene heading towards the United Kingdom , bringing chances of gale force winds
"So, I think it just speaks to Stewie". She's figured it out. "I feel like we've got a lot of young, great talent".
Breanna Stewart can be found on any number of short lists when it comes to her basketball accomplishments.
"This year it was special, because of the group of ladies that I have and am around", said Howard, who has played in the past four WNBA Finals, winning twice. ".We had a goal and that was to win a championship and every one of us, 1-12, the coaching staff, our entire staff helped us reach this point". Instead, the Storm suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season as the series went to a deciding Game 5.More news: Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2 storm, closing in on US
The Storm rolled to a 16-point lead after the first half behind dominant performances from Stewart and center Natasha Howard.
Bird hasn't talked about retirement, and based on her success this season and Stewart's hope that they win more titles together it isn't coming for at least a few more years. She truly was the MVP of these Finals.
That basket put the Storm up by 19 points - their biggest lead of the game - with 28 seconds remaining.
The Storm outscored the Mystics 26-14 in the second to extend their lead to 46-30 heading into halftime. Acquired by the Storm before the season, she played a huge role in her team's title this year, averaging 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in the playoffs.More news: 9/11 anniversary gives perspective to NAFTA impasse, Freeland says
The American-born guard/forward, who received Australian citizenship earlier this year, was called into Australian squad on Monday to replace injured point guard Leilani Mitchell two weeks out from the FIBA tournament. They stopped the bleeding and held off the Mystics' final push before pulling away in the closing minutes.