Basketball WNBA: Seattle sacred for the 3rd time

Basketball WNBA: Seattle sacred for the 3rd time

But two games into this best of five, Seattle holds a 2-0 lead with the series shifting back east.

I predict the Mystics push it to game four with an 85-76 win over Seattle.

Seattle guard Jewell Loyd had just six points on 2-for-11 shooting, but it didn't hurt the Storm. It was a rare show of emotion from a normally reserved Bird, and the 14 points she dropped in the fourth, including four threes, to send the Storm to the Finals set social media ablaze.

Natasha Howard added career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm and first-year coach Dan Hughes.

"You see it in those moments, you're friendly, you're happy, but we all know for 40 minutes we're going to be battling and then it just goes back", she said. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team vote. Our team went through a rebuild and yes, I chose to stay. Hughes has had a storied career coaching in the WNBA, but has never won a title. "Elena [Delle Donne] and Kristi and Ariel Atkins, Tianna Hawkins, they're all top-level, top-10 3-point shooters", Thibault said. "So we ran into each other in the lounge, and obviously we knew each other before that, but not that well".

For Hughes, the focus is on rebounding, particularly on the defensive end to limit second-chance opportunities for Washington's Elena Delle Donne and Toliver. I didn't know (Toliver's' favorite) beer. I get that. But I can't help but hear something else, too: "They're forgetting about the Storm". Seahawks players, staff, and Legends were paying close attention to the local team's performance, and several of them reacted to the Storm's most recent title on Twitter. "The other thing I remember and I'm reminded every time we come here, is how loud the building is, how great the fans are". "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

"Whenever you go up 2-0, you understand that teams are going to be desperate", said Bird, who has won two WNBA championships, including in 2010 when Seattle swept Atlanta. Washington finished 8 of 23 on 3-pointers in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3) in the series. "That's what really separated us again".

In two games they're shooting a combined 3-37 - that's just EIGHT percent.

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.

"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", she said.

As if to drive the point home, that the Mystics' wander through the postseason desert had reached its nadir, Sue Bird poked her head out from the locker room after morning shoot-around in her green and yellow warmups, perfectly matching the paint and seats of Eagle Bank Arena.

In July Bird said that she believed Stewart opening up about her past had a connection to the maturity she's seen in Stewart this year, also noting that on the court she seemed more confident and driven.