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Seattle takes 2-0 lead in WNBA Finals

Seattle takes 2-0 lead in WNBA Finals

The 2018 WNBA MVP and 2016 Olympian led the Seattle Storm to a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics to complete the three-game sweep, scoring 30 points and collecting eight rebounds while earning Finals MVP honors.

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.

Stewart had 30 points, and Howard, who had been a bit player in Minnesota last year when the Lynx won the title, was a monumental contributor all year in Seattle after her acquisition in a trade.

Natasha Howard led the way for Seattle with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Veteran Sue Bird became the Storm's all-time leading scorer, and the WNBA's all-time assists leader. Kristi Toliver had 22 points.

In front of the sold-out George Mason EagleBank Arena of 9,164 souls and not Capital One Arena because of a previously scheduled Drake concert, things got off to a great start for the "home" team. By the time starting center LaToya Sanders sprained her ankle while saving a loose ball, eventually getting carried to the locker room, the game had largely gotten away from Washington. When asked how it compared to the other two WNBA titles she's won, she said there's "no comparison honestly". Already playing with superstar Elena Delle Donne nursing a knee injury suffered earlier in the playoffs, the team fell in an early hole and trailed by 16 at halftime. "I was ready to take (the championship trophy) back to Seattle where it belongs".

Despite losing in their first Finals appearance in the team's 21-year history, Thibault and the Mystics know that the 9,000-plus fans who traveled 20 miles outside of Washington, D.C., and piled into Eagle Bank Arena know their team, for the first time in nearly a decade, has a bright future. I'm a very left-footed player. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team vote.

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"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it". She motivates me and in return, you want to give her something too. Beyond the obvious, the circumstances of a venue change (thanks, Drake and Migos), the rise of the Washington Mystics in a short period of time has been nothing short of remarkable. This marks the first All-WNBA nods for Cambage and Hayes.

"We had a lot of growing up to do and maturing to do and this group really hasn't played together long as a group, he said". "This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said Wednesday night.

The Storm's 2018 WNBA Championship Parade will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16.

After trailing 69-53 entering the fourth quarter, the Mystics rallied to within five points at 72-67 on a 3-pointer by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 6:49 remaining.

Students kept rooting for the Storm into the fourth quarter, where the game got close, but never close enough. "So to end it this way, there's nothing better".