Breanna Stewart is an Olympic gold medalist and a four-time NCAA champion with Connecticut, and she’s now a WNBA champion as well.
The 2018 WNBA MVP and 2016 Olympian led the Seattle Storm to a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics to complete the three-game sweep, scoring 30 points and collecting eight rebounds while earning Finals MVP honors. Joining her in lifting the championship trophy was four-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird, who finished with a double-double, 10 points and 10 assists.
Elena Delle Donne, their 2016 Olympic teammate, scored 23 points for the Mystics.
Stewart, who just finished her third year in the WNBA, led a strong front court effort as the Storm started to build up a lead late in the first quarter. After scoring 22 points, three rebounds and five assists in Game 1 of the final and 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Game 2 to put the Storm in position to sweep, Stewart had a lot of help from center Natasha Howard, who already had 25 points and 12 rebounds as the Storm took a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter. She finished with 31 points and 14 rebounds, both team highs.
The Storm were 27-3 this season when leading after the third quarter heading into the game. The Mystics went on a 14-3 run to open the fourth and cut the lead to five. But Stewart drove to the hoop and got the foul on the next possession, then completed the three-point play to halt the Washington momentum. Seattle then scored the next five points to give them an insurmountable cushion and continued to pull away.
Stewart, Bird and Delle Donne could all join Team USA before they open play at the FIBA Women’s World Cup beginning Sept. 22 in Spain. The national team left for France on Wednesday morning, where they will play three exhibition games following two games in the U.S. in the last week of preparation for the tournament. Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner were not with the team for those two games because of their participation in the WNBA playoffs, but did join them for the trip to France.