The league's regular-season MVP scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Seattle Storm defeated the host Washington Mystics 98-82 Wednesday night to clinch the WNBA championship.
Stewart was named Finals MVP.
League MVP Breanna "Stewie" Stewart led the team with 30 points and 8 rebounds, earning her MVP honors for the championship game. A masked Sue Bird, the oldest player in the league, finished the game with 10 points and 10 assists.
Minutes into the third quarter, center LaToya Sanders who has been a picture of consistency for the Mystics this season suffered a left ankle sprain that was initially much scarier.
Despite losing in their first Finals appearance in the team's 21-year history, Thibault and the Mystics know that the 9,000-plus fans who traveled 20 miles outside of Washington, D.C., and piled into Eagle Bank Arena know their team, for the first time in nearly a decade, has a bright future. It really is. It all feels so surreal.
"We had a great season", Delle Donne made clear.
Their final 43.5 shooting percentage belied the many missed shots in the run up to a fourth quarter where they hit nine-of-13 attempts - Washington was just 21-of-56 (37.5 percent) through the third.
Stewart wouldn't allow this series to extend past Game 3, she was eager to get the champagne popping.
"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it".
Washington battled Seattle and history. And after two years of losing, she was ready to win her first title and make sure that it isn't her last. ".We had a goal and that was to win a championship and every one of us, 1-12, the coaching staff, our entire staff helped us reach this point". She won four national championships with the Huskies, Olympic gold in 2016, and world championship gold in 2014 - all on teams coached by Geno Auriemma.
"We've come a long way", he said.
Trust me. I've got a full batch of BreakingT shirts in my closet, and they're the best shirts I own. "Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs". 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. "It really gave us that home court advantage".
Out of all of the insane moments in the Storm's series against the Mercury - arguably the most intense five games of the entire playoffs - Bird's Game 5 takeover will likely be the most memorable.
"This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said.