HIGHLIGHTS: Seattle Storm Win 2018 WNBA Championship

Isaiah Thomas. Courtesy The Player's Tribune

THE Seattle Storm, featuring the newest Australian Opal, Sami Whitcomb, have cruised to the 2018 WNBA Championship after sweeping the Washington Mystics.

Minutes after Washington head coach Mike Thibault walked into the Mystics locker room following Wednesday's 98-82 season-ending loss to the Seattle Storm, he was already looking forward to next season.

Stewart was named the Finals Most Valuable Player to go with her regular season MVP award.

"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart said after the game. For a game featuring teams from Seattle and Washington D.C., Hartford-New Haven had the second highest viewership for markets watching the championship behind only Seattle-Tacoma, according to ESPN.

"I told somebody, I'm built for this and I mean that", said Stewart, who won four NCAA titles at the University of CT.

When Storm coach Dan Hughes was hired after last season he told Bird that he hoped he could get her one more. Bird said. "That's when I knew it was over".

It was the third WNBA crown in as many championship appearances for the Storm.

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Asked whether she would visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump, Bird said, "No, I wouldn't". She also made a WNBA-high 106 three-pointers, shot a league-leading 92.5 percent from the free throw line and finished fourth in assists (5.3 apg).

The Mystics, in their first Finals in franchise history, were far from disgraced rallying from 18 points down to trail 72-67 with 6:49 remaining.

"Oh I would have put a stop to that (crap) real quick", Bird said laughing.

The legendary University of CT women's basketball coach sat next to his long-time assistant Chris Daley watching the most decorated player they'd ever coach do what she always does - dominate and win. While players haven't been shy about standing up for themselves, they've gotten some help from their National Basketball Association counterparts this year, which is enormous given the men's game's meteoric rise both at home and overseas over the last half decade. "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".

The WNBA isn't so different, in the sense that having a collection of top-level players like the Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, Natasha Howard and Sue Bird is the best route to a championship.

"We feel like we have a lot of young, great talent", Delle Donne said. But Stewart drove to the hoop and got the foul on the next possession, then completed the three-point play to halt the Washington momentum. But, as he pointed out, especially in the WNBA where a majority of players play year-round and are injury prone, winning a title takes the luck of being healthy all year. Hayes, in her seventh season after graduating from UConn in 2012, was a second-round draft pick by the Dream. "I need to wash things really often".

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