MTHS alum, athlete serves on Seattle Storm coaching staff

Storm forward Breanna Stewart is all smiles during warmups before the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics for game two of the WNBA Finals at Key Arena in Seattle Sunday

Storm forward Breanna Stewart is all smiles during warmups before the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics for game two of the WNBA Finals at Key Arena in Seattle Sunday

The 2016 UConn graduate put her name on another Wednesday night when she and the Seattle Storm finished off a three-game sweep of the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals with a 98-82 road victory. Seattle ended up losing that game by 2 points, and in an essay for The Players' Tribune Bird said that she was proud of the team because they proved they could do it without her - something she's been pushing them to realize all season. "She's kind of helped me get to this point, and like you said, if there was one person on this team that I wanted to win it with it was her". The Mystics got out to a 4-0 lead with Kristi Toliver and Elena Delle Donne knocking down jump shots, while the Storm had back-to-back turnovers. Though the floor of the arena, the home gym of George Mason University, boasts the imported red, white and blue signage of the Mystics, the 10,000 seats surrounding the court alternate from green to yellow - Storm-like colors. She was carried to the locker room and did not return.

As for the Washington Mystics, this wonderful season comes to an end.

"We knew at halftime when we were up whatever it was, 16, 15, whatever it was [17-point lead, 47-30], that they were going to make a run, they were going to make a push", said Stewart.

"This year it was special, because of the group of ladies that I have and am around", said Howard, who has played in the past four WNBA Finals, winning twice.

"Honestly, it does feel a little different", Bird said of this title. "All year you could just see the escalation". 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.

Stewart wouldn't allow this series to extend past Game 3, she was eager to get the champagne popping.

Still, Mystics guard Natasha Cloud described her team's situation as "David and Goliath", as no team in WNBA history has come back to win the championship after trailing 2-0 in the Finals. "We won this thing". Washington went from winning 13 games in 2016 with a.382 win percentage to finishing as runner-ups in the WNBA Finals in a year in which they won almost two-thirds of their games. "Now I can go to the bar, order her everything she needs". "It's a shame we couldn't give them one more home game but I feel good about this team going forward and we're a full year ahead of schedule", Coach Thibault said proudly. She did work inside, finishing post moves and getting to the basket for lay-ups; she did work in the mid-range, knocking down pull up jumpers as part of Seattle's offensive flow; and she knocked down her first four 3-pointers, finishing the day 4-of-5 from beyond the arc as she was able to stretch the Washington defense. Obviously D.C.is a great team, and what they have going is going to be exciting for them in the future.

"We can really create something here, and I think we've really grown this fan base", said Delle Donne.

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