MTHS alum, athlete serves on Seattle Storm coaching staff

MTHS alum, athlete serves on Seattle Storm coaching staff

"Natasha Howard, what an incredible story to me", Seattle coach Dan Hughes said. "Once we got Stewie and Jewell, we knew we'd get to the other side, but how do you know you're going to get to the other side this fast?" Obviously this Finals didn't go the way we wanted it to, but I think the great thing is that we can still improve.

Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points and Kristi Toliver scored 20 points for the Mystics. "She makes your team better".

"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", Stewart said. But, as he pointed out, especially in the WNBA where a majority of players play year-round and are injury prone, winning a title takes the luck of being healthy all year.

League MVP Breanna Stewart scored 30 points in the victory and was selected Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points through the three games.

Seattle is in the WNBA Finals for the third time in franchise history. "All year you could just see the escalation". "One game leads us to what we've been working for for four months, and just having that mindset".

She became the sixth player in WNBA history to be named regular season and Finals MVP in the same year, joining last year's victor Sylvia Fowles (2017), former Storm star Lauren Jackson (2010), Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (2009) and a pair of legends in Lisa Leslie (2001) and Cynthia Cooper (1997, 1998). "But pretty quickly, like a week later, we turned it right back around, and then onward and upward from there". Even though it hadn't been in the WNBA yet, she clearly knows what it takes, and sometimes it just takes a couple of years to really figure out yourself in this league because it's a very tough league to play in, and now here she is.

"There was a moment at the end with like a minute or so left, I think it was the last timeout when we had a chance to huddle and I said, 'Guys we did this".

"There's been a huge transformation with the culture of this team", said Delle Donne, who was acquired by Washington before the 2017 season.

"You're only going to impact [Delle Donne and Toliver] to a degree", Hughes said. "This team made a lot of strides from this year to last year", Toliver said. "She helped to relieve the pressure off me". "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

Seattle converted 13 of 26 shots behind the arc, while Washington never found the mark behind the arc.

"This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said. Washington went on a 16-3 run to again close their deficit to just five points as Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had eight points in six second-half minutes. Poor perimeter shooting contributed.

Stewart led the Storm on Wednesday night, finishing the game with 30 points - shooting 11-of-22 from the field - and eight rebounds. "We want to bring the trophy back to Seattle from this game". "It really gave us that home court advantage".