"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", said Stewart, the Finals and league MVP.
"I think that series, looking back on Phoenix, it's something that we really learned from", Stewart said. With Capital One Arena unavailable, the Mystics played their semifinal home games at the Smith Center on the George Washington University campus. We went through a rebuild a couple of years ago, and who's to say we'd get here this quickly. "We won this thing".
Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in, "I'm going to need a lot tonight". "Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs". Alysha Clark has been the trigger of their suffocating defense all season, was again on Wednesday, and added 15 points in the clincher. 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. They forget about their past, which included seven straight playoff losses on the road and focused entirely on Game 3.
The next wave of WNBA stars will be led by Stewart a product of a UConn Huskies machine that brings a culture of leadership, teamwork, talent, championship pedigree and visibility to the WNBA game. Poor perimeter shooting contributed. Rightfully so, the team's 3-0 sweep of the Washington Mystics in the Finals caught the attention of National Basketball Association stars such LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, among others.
Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining.
Stewart had the ball in her hands in the final seconds of the game, nonchalantly tossing it ahead as the buzzer sounded before turning around and embracing Bird to celebrate the title. 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.
Eagles' defense came to the rescue in opener
They would only reach the end zone one more time in an 18-12 victory, but the offense seemed to loosen up from that point on. After the game, Pederson and offensive lineman Lane Johnson confirmed that they took the play from the Patriots.
In her MVP summer, Stewart ranked second in the league in scoring (21.8), third in rebounding (8.4), seventh in blocked shots (1.44), and eighth in steals (1.35) during the regular season.
Fans of the former Huskies paid close attention to the championship game. "I don't know if it was putting us seventh or eighth, I can't remember, and our team took a look at that and said, hell, no".
Then he watched them turn into the best team in the league during the season, and validate that status in the postseason.
The legendary University of CT women's basketball coach sat next to his long-time assistant Chris Daley watching the most decorated player they'd ever coach do what she always does - dominate and win.
"This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said.