The Seattle Storm defeated the Washington Mystics 98-82 in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals to complete a 3-0 sweep. This is their first championship since 2010. The Storm now has a total of 3 championships in their franchise history.
The Mystics can walk away proud from this season. They had a historic season this year and made their first-ever WNBA Finals. All good things must come to an end though. Walking away from this only brings experience and a greater hunger to win.
Mystics Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault said afterward:
“They know that what they did this year was special. They should be excited about the future. . . . I’m just so excited for where they got. I’m sorry for our fans that they didn’t get to witness one more Finals game here, but for those fans who have waited 20-something years, they should be excited about what they have going forward for this team,” Thibault said. “These players have bought in. They’re trying to do the right thing, and we’ve come a long way.” – Washington Post
The Mystics made a push in the 3rd quarter to come back after being down by 18 points. Cutting the lead down to five, there was hope. The Storm pulled away though being the more experienced team.
Small forward Delle Don led the Mystics with 23 points and combo guard Kristi Toliver added 22 points.
Power forward/center and 2018 WNBA MVP Breanna Storm had a game-high 30 points, while power forward Natasha Howard earned a double-double with 29 points and 14 rebounds.
Breanna Stewart went on to be named the WNBA Finals MVP and is now the 6th player to claim both the regular season and finals MVP in a season.
Previous Game Scores & Highlights:
Game 1 – 89-76 (Seattle Storm)
Game 2 – 75-73 (Seattle Storm)