Mystics fall short of title as Storm sweep WNBA Finals

Storm forward Breanna Stewart signs autographs for fans before game one of the WNBA Finals as the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics at Key Arena in Seattle Friday

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In order for the Mystics to win it all, they'd have to win three straight games, something that has never been done before in a best-of-five finals.

Breanna Stewart scored 30 points and took home the finals MVP award as the Seattle Storm claimed their third WNBA title with a 98-82 win over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday, September 12.

"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".

Rizzotti, the former UConn star, coached Stewart with the 2011 national team that won gold at the FIBA U-19 world championships in Puerto Montt, Chile.

Both teams were 6 of 18 (33.3 percent) from the field in the first quarter. Stewart dropped 17 points in the first half, too, going a flawless 4-of-4 from behind the arc.

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. Yet less than a minute later, the Storm had the lead back to 15 points, completely shutting the Mystics down.

In Game 1, Washington made just 3 of 21 shots from beyond the arc. From there, it was smooth sailing to the 16-point win.

While Seattle won championships in 2010 and 2004, Washington is the last WNBA team to reach the Finals.

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"I don't know if we'd lean one way or another", she said, adding that she's been to the White House several times and that it's "nothing new to me". I just wanted to bridge that gap as fast as I could, and they've been great. "Defensively, they had a better identity this year". It didn't go our way, but you've got to keep things in perspective, and everybody else in the league wishes that they were playing tonight, and so we're very aware of that and thankful that we were here, and we know we can improve.

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.

James later congratulated Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart as well as the rest of the Storm on their victory. Kristi Toliver had 22 points.

No wonder players and coaches were exhausted after pulling an all-nighter, celebrating at a nearby restaurant after finishing off a sweep of the Washington Mystics just outside the nation's capital.

The 24-year-old was also named the WNBA Finals MVP on Wednesday following her 30-point performance.

Rounding out the first team were Dallas center Liz Cambage and Mystics' forward Elena Delle Donne.

But what was most noticeable, from a UConn perspective, was that Tiffany Hayes of the Atlanta Dream was also placed on the first team.

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