WNBA Champions Storm vs Mystics Game 3 Recap

Storm guard Jewell Loyd floats to the net for two in the third quarter as the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics for game two of the WNBA Finals at Key Arena in Seattle Sunday

Breanna Stewart, Elena Delle Donne among All-WNBA first-team selections

Stewart, who was named the WNBA MVP earlier this season, ranked second in the WNBA in scoring, averaging 21.8 points per game, and was third in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game.

The Seattle Storm bench celebrates in the third quarter against the Washington Mystics during Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on September 7, 2018 in Seattle.

Breanna Stewart can be found on any number of short lists when it comes to her basketball accomplishments.

The 24-year-old forward is the sixth player to win both MVP awards in the same season joining Cynthia Cooper (who did it twice), Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles and former Storm star Lauren Jackson. "Now I can go to the bar and order everything she needs".

No one mentioned it publicly during the five-month run up to the WNBA Finals because they knew Sue Bird wouldn't approve. Delle Donne not nursing a knee injury late in their playoff run would certainly help, as well.

In 2004, she partnered with Lauren Jackson and Finals MVP Betty Lennox for an unexpected Finals win.

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Rookie Ariel Atkins stepped up behind Elena Delle Donne and Toliver, averaging 11.3 points per game in the regular season and 15.2 in the playoffs, but the experience gap between Atkins and Meesseman is significant. "What she did this year was ahead of schedule for us". I knew she was that elite level player and more importantly that elite level competitor that wanted to be the best. "I would have loved to have made those last two at the end, but the majority of the game, just being aggressive, assertive and doing the plays to win the game". She also earned her 13 selection to the All-WNBA First Team or Second Team, passing Tamika Catchings and Lisa Leslie (12 each) for the most in league history.

"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", said Stewart, the Finals and league MVP. "All year you could just see the escalation". She was carried to the locker room and did not return.

"We had a great season", Delle Donne made clear. They had their work cut out for them Wednesday despite playing at EagleBank Arena, their home court in Fairfax, Virginia, after falling behind 2-0 in the series' first two games in Seattle.

"Basically, we've played a lot of this season through a bunch of distractions", said Mystics head coach Mike Thibault. "It came down to a stop, and I thought we really did a good job". "I am really happy for her".

The 98-82 win adds to Seattle's 89-76 and 75-73 victories that they secured in games one and two, respectively. She detailed little moments along the way of their 2018 season, the things she said she will miss most this fall and winter when everyone goes their separate ways. "We were champions again".

"It's incredible to be sitting here right now", said the 17-year veteran, who finished with 10 points and 10 assists.

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