MTHS alum, athlete serves on Seattle Storm coaching staff

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"Right from the jump, I just wanted to be really aggressive", said Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm after her team's 75-73 win over the Washington Mystics, which put the Storm up by two in the best-of-five series.

Stewart was the league MVP and was selected the Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points in the three games.

Stewart saved her best for last and scored 30 points - a career high for the playoffs - on 11-of-22 shooting, including 4 of 5 three-pointers. She finished with 29 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Sue Bird, the league's oldest player at 37, is the only holdover Seattle's championship teams in 2010 and 2004. Star Elena Delle Donne went to the Finals in 2014 with Chicago, as did guard Kristi Toliver with Los Angeles in 2016.

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What took place on Wednesday night on the campus of George Mason University, in a green-and-yellow arena turned red-and-blue, would have been hard to imagine just two years ago. By the time starting center LaToya Sanders sprained her ankle while saving a loose ball, eventually getting carried to the locker room, the game had largely gotten away from Washington. "You knew that this was game two and they were going to come out like a better D.C. team than we saw in game one". There is plenty of time to break down the season once the sting dulls from Wednesday's 98-82 loss to Seattle in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. "I was ready to take (the championship trophy) back to Seattle where it belongs".

The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise.

Candace Parker, Sparks: An All-WNBA selection for the eighth time, Parker (17.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.7 apg) was the only player to reach those averages in points, rebounds and assists this season. Seahawks players, staff, and Legends were paying close attention to the local team's performance, and several of them reacted to the Storm's most recent title on Twitter. While players haven't been shy about standing up for themselves, they've gotten some help from their National Basketball Association counterparts this year, which is enormous given the men's game's meteoric rise both at home and overseas over the last half decade.

KT: "I'm going to need a lot tonight". "We're already onto the next thing".

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ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda". They deserve to be WNBA champions.

"This is probably going to be one of the defining moments of my career to have played however many years I've been playing, to have won in all these places, but then to do it at the end in such a way that was different from all the others, it's really incredible". The Mystics trailed by as many as 18 in the third quarter but clawed within five on a Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 3-pointer with 6:49 left, with Delle Donne scoring or assisting on each basket during an 11-1 run.

Bird understands her career is nearing the end, even though she remains among the league's best. Obviously, winning helps. But we can really create something here.

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