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Despite Finals loss, Mystics have a lot to be optimistic about

Despite Finals loss, Mystics have a lot to be optimistic about

League MVP Breanna "Stewie" Stewart led the team with 30 points and 8 rebounds, earning her MVP honors for the championship game.

"She's victor, what else can I say", Auriemma said, smiling broadly as Breanna Stewart strolled around EagleBank Arena after the Storm's 98-82 win clutching the WNBA trophy in one hand and the Finals MVP award in the other.

The message to Stewart was clear: At age 24, don't take for granted that she's leading the Seattle Storm to the WNBA Finals and expect it to happen all the time.

Alysha Clark finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for the Storm, and veteran Sue Bird finished with 10 points and 10 assists. Bird, the oldest player in the league, ranked second in assists, guiding the team's young superstars the whole way.

What took place on Wednesday night on the campus of George Mason University, in a green-and-yellow arena turned red-and-blue, would have been hard to imagine just two years ago. Emma Meeseman for starters will be a huge boost when she returns next season.

"We had a great season", Delle Donne made clear.

Joining Stewart (195 points) and Taurasi (179) on the All-WNBA First Team are Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage (190), Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (184) and Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes (138).

"I was like, 'what's going on in Seattle sports, ' and all of these kids were like 'the Storm.' It was so awesome", said Zarker Primomo.




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.

The Mystics, on the other hand, didn't have a single player score in double figures, and only had two points off the bench. 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.

If this were the National Basketball Association, the Washington Mystics' front office might be making calls to players of Paul George's or Kawhi Leonard's caliber right now.

"We spent a lot of our time this year relying on a rookie player to be our third scorer". "This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said Wednesday night.

This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of CT.

Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining. Obviously, winning helps. But we can really create something here.

Then he watched them turn into the best team in the league during the season, and validate that status in the postseason. "It was how we countered that when things got close".