MTHS alum, athlete serves on Seattle Storm coaching staff

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The answer came almost four months later with a championship.

It's the first WNBA championship for Stewart, who scored 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.

Only after Sue Bird found her streaking to the basket once again through a lane in the Mystics defense did Stewart's face register acknowledgement of the enormity of her success: a 30-point performance and a set of games that left no doubt as to who the best player in the world is right now: Stewart, the 2018 WNBA MVP and Finals MVP. Seattle's other title came in 2004. The Storm entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and swept the finals. Breanna Stewart added to her already impressive career by now being a WNBA champion and a finals MVP after winning regular season MVP earlier this year.

"We shot the ball extremely well and I don't know if it was our defense or shots just not going in for them", coach Dan Hughes said. "I didn't coach her on the U-17 team in 2010 but I saw her".

Despite being a win away from securing the franchise's first championship in eight years, the Seattle Storm don't have to look back far to remember how hard it is to close out a series. Loyd and Stewart would prove instrumental, and Bird's continued success and leadership late into her career has been a key to the team's development over the past few years. "There is probably no comparison to be honest".

The Mystics, on the other hand, didn't have a single player score in double figures, and only had two points off the bench. "We're poised to get better". Whether in the wins at Smith Center or the loss Wednesday night at Eagle Bank Arena, those have provided the kind of home court advantage that every team and fan base wishes for.

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"I don't know if we'd lean one way or another", she said, adding that she's been to the White House several times and that it's "nothing new to me". A reliable scorer and rebounder to pair down low with Delle Donne, Meesseman was an All-Star in 2015 at just 22 years old. Kristi Toliver had 20 points.

"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it. We won this thing".

Delle Donne was also named to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday.

"Honestly, it didn't feel like my first WNBA Finals closeout". The decision to speak publicly about a very private part of her life, along with the outpouring of support afterwards, have given her a sense of freedom, she 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.

"I didn't ask them to do anything for me", Bird said.

ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda".

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