Raise a trophy for your WNBA champs. Photo via Seattle Storm Facebook

Raise a trophy for your WNBA champs. Photo via Seattle Storm Facebook

Seattle Storm Win the WNBA Title With Finals Sweep

Behind MVP Breanna Stewart, the franchise captures its third league championship.

There will be no raining on the Storm’s parade. The best team all season handled its business. Seattle is once again WNBA champions.

The Storm closed out the WNBA Finals on Wednesday night by sweeping the Washington Mystics. It’s the franchise’s third title and first since 2010 (point guard Sue Bird has been part of all three titles because she is an immortal basketball deity). Breanna Stewart backed up her regular season MVP by earning Finals MVP as well, with absolutely ridiculous averages in the three-game series: 25.7 points (on 51 percent shooting, 54.5 percent from 3-point land), 6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.7 steals.

You can celebrate the title with the Storm this Sunday, Sept. 16, with a parade that ends at KeyArena.

After winning the first two games of the series last weekend in Seattle, the Storm made sure they wouldn’t have to sweat things out by winning Game 3 in Washington, D.C. (well, technically Fairfax, Va.) in dominant fashion, 98-82. Natasha Howard was the best player on the floor in the close-out game, leading the way with 29 points (on 11-14 shooting) and 14 rebounds (including 6 key offensive boards). To be blunt, the WNBA’s Most Improved Player went Beast Mode on the Mystics in the post (and even showed outside touch, hitting both her 3-point attempts). The Storm led by double digits for most of the contest, with the biggest moment of tension coming when the Mystics cut the lead to 6 with 7:30 left in the 4th quarter. But when Sami Whitcomb came up with clutch steals on back-to-back possessions with under 5:40 to play, the Storm converted both into 5 points, pushing the lead back to 13 and essentially icing the game with 5 minutes to play.

And that’s before even getting to Stewart’s Game 3 contributions. It’s something that I’ve never seen from an elite basketball player: she’s such a force that her dominance almost feels quiet and mundane. (Tim Duncan is the closest comp.) She can kill an opponent without being the center of attention thanks to the brutal consistency of her working within the flow of the game plan. Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals will be remembered for Sue Bird’s season-saving barrage, but it was Stewart who led the scoring and kept them in striking range. Game 1 of the Finals will be remembered for Jewell Loyd’s hot shooting, but Stewie only had one less point. Even with Howard jumping off the screen as she ripped out the heart of the Mystics in Game 3, Stewart still managed to top her in scoring with 30 points. Her ho-hum brilliance is truly a sight to behold (as long as you’re paying close enough attention). There’s also the little fact that since her freshman year at UConn, Stewart won five titles with five corresponding championship MVPs in her past seven seasons. (Is that good?)

And with Stewie leading the way, there’s every reason to believe this title is just the beginning of an era of Seattle WNBA dominance.

More in Sports

Baseball gets more fun: Everett venue is now Funko Field

Everett Memorial Stadium, home of the minor-league AquaSox, will get new branding and a 15-foot statue.

Daniel Bryan flaunts his new eco-friendly WWE Championship. Photo courtesy WWE
Seattle’s Eco-Friendly WWE Champion

Aberdeen native Daniel Bryan once again tops the pro wrestling world, but this time he’s an intriguing environmental bad guy.

At long last, Edgar Martinez’s waiting game is over. Photo by clare_and_ben/Flickr
Edgar Martinez Finally Makes the Hall of Fame

In his last year on the ballot, the Mariner legend and greatest designated hitter of all time gets the Cooperstown call.

NHL Commisioner Shares Vision During Seattle Visit

Gary Bettman discussed the new franchise’s name, the city’s hockey infracture, and future All-Star Games.

Stripping the Mariners for Parts

How Jerry Dipoto’s radical rebuild feels like an emotionless venture capital operation.

Hopefully the Stanley Cup will get a view of Mount Rainier soon. Photo by StanleyCupYosemiteVisit/Flickr
The NHL Is Officially Coming to Seattle

Seattle’s professional hockey team will lace up the skates in 2021 after the league unanimously approved its expansion bid.

Safeco Field Funding Referendum Withdrawn

The mysterious backers of the initiative won’t say why, but some think it’s because they couldn’t get funding to gather the necessary signatures.

Photo by Mark Sebastian/Flickr
That Deflated Feeling

It’s hard not to be cynical as the Warriors and Kings come to town for an NBA preseason game.

Photo by HyunJae Park/Flickr
King County’s Safeco Funding Package Might Go to Referendum Vote

The initiative, filed by a group called “Citizens Against Sports Stadium Subsidies,” could put the $135 million spending plan on the ballot early next year.

It’s Official: Safeco Field Will Get $135 Million in Taxpayer Funds

Critical King County Councilmembers call plan “a fleecing” and “irresponsible.”