The Storm were lead by 2018 MVP Breanna Stewart, who averaged 20.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Seattle Storm won their third WNBA title after completing a finals sweep of the Washington Mystics. After years of work and planning and back-to-back No. 1 draft picks, the franchise had found a way to bring the trophy back to Seattle. So it's incredible to be sitting here right now, I was just saying this earlier, I really believe it just came to me. We didn't know - I mean, I didn't even know her favorite beer, and that's a pretty important thing to know about Panda.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt sank a 3-pointer with 6:49 left to cut Seattle's 16-point lead at the start of the fourth to five (72-67) and inject a little suspense in a game the Storm controlled for three quarters.
"This has been, oddly, a very stressful playoff run", Bird said. Toliver and Delle Donne were the team's only players who had reached the WNBA Finals before this year. The pair are joined by Liz Cambage of the Dallas Wings, Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury and Tiffany Hayes of the Atlanta Dream to round out the team. "We're poised to get better". I didn't know if I'd be playing at this point. "I would have loved to have made those last two at the end, but the majority of the game, just being aggressive, assertive and doing the plays to win the game".
The Storm's championship sparked an outpouring of civic pride from the likes of Seattle natives Isaiah Thomas and Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics legend, who ended his Tweet with a joyful proclamation: #WeRepS3attle.
"Sue's done everything for me", Stewart told ESPN reporter Holly Rowe after the game.
In July Bird said that she believed Stewart opening up about her past had a connection to the maturity she's seen in Stewart this year, also noting that on the court she seemed more confident and driven. The Storm returned to dominance this season, capturing the W's best overall record and the number one spot in the playoffs. She missed Game 3, and while she returned for Games 4 and 5 and the entire WNBA Finals, she was a shell of her capability.
If this were the National Basketball Association, the Washington Mystics' front office might be making calls to players of Paul George's or Kawhi Leonard's caliber right now.
The Storm became the sixth team to sweep a Finals in three games - something the team did in 2010.
"We'd like to have taken that one last step, but the window for us is open right now", coach Mike Thibault said.
Stewart was unanimously selected to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday, the league announced at halftime of the game, the only player in the WNBA to be named on all 39 ballots.
They have a superstar in Delle Donne and ascending players at most positions. "I packed really lightly", Collier said. "We were champions again".