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.
"I told somebody, I'm built for this and I mean that", said Stewart, who won four NCAA titles at the University of CT. "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into".
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"And I didn't know if I would be back to the Finals ever again". "I didn't coach her on the U-17 team in 2010 but I saw her". Washington already has staved off elimination on three occasions this postseason: The Mystics routed Los Angeles in a single-elimination second-round matchup at home; they won Game 4 at home in the semifinals; and then they won on the road in a squeaker over Atlanta in Game 5 to advance to the WNBA Finals. The Storm know they won't be able to completely neutralize Washington's star tandem, which is averaging a combined 23.5 points in the best-of-five series, but Seattle must look to limit their touches and attempts. If we win a championship this week, that will be great.
Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in, "I'm going to need a lot tonight". "Now I can go to the bar, order her everything she needs".
Rookie Ariel Atkins stepped up behind Elena Delle Donne and Toliver, averaging 11.3 points per game in the regular season and 15.2 in the playoffs, but the experience gap between Atkins and Meesseman is significant. Each lost Game 3.
Dan Hughes is the only coach in WNBA history to take three different franchises to the playoffs. Poor perimeter shooting contributed. 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.
Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining.
Bird understands her career is nearing the end, even though she remains among the league's best. Stewart dropped 17 points in the first half, too, going a ideal 4-of-4 from behind the arc.
Series MVP Breanna Stewart led with 30 points and eight rebounds.
"We were up at halftime, but we knew D.C. was going to come back", Stewart said.
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. One of the league's most decorated players also grasps the impact of her latest triumph. Obviously, winning helps. But we can really create something here. She detailed little moments along the way of their 2018 season, the things she said she will miss most this fall and winter when everyone goes their separate ways.