Washington reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history.
But as they have all series - all season - the Storm had the answers. "And I think it's just because of my age and because the older you get, the more you know, and the more you know can go wrong". But a crucial injury to their best player at the worst time turned a promising playoff run - which included a first-ever trip to the WNBA Finals - into a slog and a three-game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Storm.
Stewart added the playoff MVP to her trophy case after winning the same award for the regular season.
Meanwhile, league MVP Breanna Stewart has been almost unstoppable, averaging 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the first two games. She burned with the desire for similar prosperity in the pros, and made it happen. Celebrate Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and all of Seattle with this licensed championship t-shirt. Howard, who came to Seattle in an offseason trade with Minnesota, won her second straight WNBA title on Wednesday after finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds, while shooting 11-of-14 from the field and knocking down both of her 3-pointers.
Heroes abounded for the Storm.
Whitcomb was again a factor off the bench with six points, and Jewell Loyd, despite an off-shooting night (2-for-11, 0-for-3 on threes) still found a way to contribute with six assists and four rebounds.
"Stewie was just incredible", Storm coach Dan Hughes said. A lot of times when I invite people out and they come to a game, they fall in love with the game.
Inheriting a team that had finished 15-19 and 16-18 the previous two years, but dripping with talent, he instilled a defensive mindset and placed his trust in the players. Our team went through a rebuild and yes, I chose to stay. Being considered the best of the best is huge props, considering the abundance of legendary players that UConn has produced in the past 25 years from Rebecca Lobo to Nykesha Sales to Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, and the list goes on and on. Donning a clear face mask to avoid any more damage to her nose, Bird got tied up with Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner and Briann January in the fourth quarter and got up off the floor yelling that her face mask had been shoved.