Sue Bird won't visit the White House after winning WNBA championship

Sue Bird won't visit the White House after winning WNBA championship

Last night, with the help of some fellow former Huskies - Bird and three-point specialist Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis - Stewart won her first WNBA championship in her third season. Della Donne had 23 points and five rebounds in the game three loss.

For years, Bird has sidestepped talk about when she'll put an end to a Hall-of-Fame bound career that includes two NCAA titles at CT, four Olympic gold medals, three FIBA world championships and four EuroLeague championships.

Stewart will go for a second World Cup gold later this month with the United States senior national team.

Bird returned from a broken nose suffered 48 hours earlier for masked heroics, in which she took over in the clutch while scoring 14 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter of a decisive Game 5 win in the semis. Stewart dropped 17 points in the first half, too, going a flawless 4-of-4 from behind the arc. We showed a lot of character this year, a lot of resiliency coming off after the All-Star break playing really well, and then obviously to make the Finals against a really great team.

But this year, the Storm's third-year star fulfilled her promise in spectacular fashion. Alysha Clark has been the trigger of their suffocating defense all season, was again on Wednesday, and added 15 points in the clincher.

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They know the road back to the Finals is tough, and the WNBA gets better every year, but the Mystics are in a position to stay atop the league now that the franchise's most successful season to date is in the books. From there, it was smooth sailing to the 16-point win.

Bird is the common factor in Seattle's three championship runs, which have been under different coaches-the late Anne Donovan in 2004 (first female coach to win a WNBA title), Brian Agler in 2010 and Dan Hughes in 2018.

"I gotta say, as exciting as it is to have the Storm making playoff noise - I'm anxious that everyone's not on the same page". "But this is a very special moment that I'm a part of this special group, and I think I'm just realizing how special they really were. Not that she's going anywhere, but personally I was motivated to get her another championship".

In addition to Stewie's impressive stats, forward Natasha Howard hit a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds. Their combined 59 points alone accounted for more than 61 percent of the Storms' points. "It's a shame we couldn't give them one more home game but I feel good about this team going forward and we're a full year ahead of schedule", Coach Thibault said proudly. She was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in all four of her college years. "We won this thing". Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner were not with the team for those two games due to their participation in the WNBA playoffs, but did join them for the trip to France.

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