With a 98-82 win over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday night, the Seattle Storm completed the series sweep and clinched its third WNBA Championship in franchise history at EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University.
2018 WNBA Most Improved Player Natasha Howard led the way offensively with 29 points and 14 rebounds, while All-WNBA First Team selection Breanna Stewart added 30 points. This marks the third WNBA championship in franchise history, as the Storm took home the title in both 2004 and 2010.
With the win, Seattle extended its league-record WNBA Finals winning streak to eight games and sealed its first postseason road win since Sept, 16, 2010, when the team defeated Atlanta (87-84) to earn its second title. After eliminating Phoenix in a thrilling five-game series in the 2018 WNBA Semifinals, the Storm collected two triumphs in the Emerald City against Washington (89-76 on Sept. 7; 75-73 on Sept. 9) before defeating the Mystics on Wednesday to complete the sweep.
The Storm’s 2018 WNBA Championship Parade will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and will end at KeyArena. The team will then make its way into KeyArena for a rally, hosted by Seattle play-by-play talent Dick Fain and color analyst Elise Woodward. The rally is open to the public, and fans are asked to enter through the West Doors, located on the West Plaza of KeyArena.
Stewart, the 2018 WNBA MVP, directed Seattle to its second-best record (26-8) in franchise history and the top seed in the WNBA Playoffs. The 6-4 forward averaged a career-best 21.8 points per game, ranking second in the league, to go along with 8.4 boards per affair. In addition to setting the franchise single-season record for points (742) and field goals (270), Stewart broke her own single-season franchise record for 20-plus point games, boasting 22 on the year.
Sixteen-year veteran Sue Bird led the Storm with a career-best 7.1 assists per game this season, while fourth-year guard Jewell Loyd finished second on the team in scoring with 15.5 points per affair. The 2018 Most Improved Player, Natasha Howard added another dimension to the Storm this season, recording career-high averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards and 2.0 blocks per outing.
As a team, the Storm set a franchise record for road wins (13) and became the fifth squad in league history to go without back-to-back losses in the regular season. First-year coach Dan Hughes notched the biggest turnaround in franchise history, and the Storm set single-season records for points (2,966) and assists (721), as well as a WNBA record for three’s made (307).