Stewart, the WNBA's Most Valuable Player this season, added Finals MVP to her resume, which includes four NCAA titles at CT, for which she was named the outstanding player in each of them. Stewart drained all four of her three-point attempts in the first half to build Seattle's insurmountable lead.
In addition to Stewie's impressive stats, forward Natasha Howard hit a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds.
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.
As bedlam burst and champagne poured, Breanna Stewart stood tall inside the cramped, plastic-lined visitor's locker room and allowed herself a smile of gratification. I didn't know if I'd be back to the finals ever again.
Stewart was unanimously selected to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday, the league announced at halftime of the game, the only player in the WNBA to be named on all 39 ballots. "I packed really lightly", Collier said. "We have seen so much growth in our fanbase in the last two years", Delle Donne said. While players haven't been shy about standing up for themselves, they've gotten some help from their National Basketball Association counterparts this year, which is enormous given the men's game's meteoric rise both at home and overseas over the last half decade.
The next wave of WNBA stars will be led by Stewart a product of a UConn Huskies machine that brings a culture of leadership, teamwork, talent, championship pedigree and visibility to the WNBA game. There is no doubt in the back of my mind that the Washington Mystics will be back next year contending for a championship and now that rookies like Ariel Atkins have playoff experience, the Mystics now know what it takes to get back to the promise land.
Howard was a deep reserve for Minnesota during the Lynx's title run past year, averaging 1.1 points and 0.9 points. The great thing is we can still improve.
As expected, her numbers in the three-game sweep of the Washington Mystics were outstanding: 25.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 51.0 percent shooting from the field and 54.5 percent shooting from three.
"I'm sure he's going to say we're not invited anyway. Now I can go to the bar, order her everything she needs".
A young Seattle team that lost in the first round the past two years and won just 15 games last season, obliterated the Mystics. "We're only out there on the court a little bit of time together, but the moments that we spend hanging out in the airport, playing 'would you rather, ' hanging out, getting dinner together, those are the moments that are so special, and what we're actually probably going to miss the most now that this season has ended".