Seattle converted 12 of 25 shots behind the arc, while Washington never found the mark. In Game 2, the Mystics missed all 16 of their three-point attempts, any of which would have been the difference in a two-point loss.
Wednesday's Game 3, while not at Key Arena in Seattle, was no different.
The Storm blew the game open during the second quarter and led by 16 points at half time. Washington refused to use her bone bruise as an excuse, but with the season over, the star forward expounded on her limitations. All the best to the 32-year old.
After trailing 69-53 entering the fourth quarter, the Mystics rallied to within five points at 72-67 on a 3-pointer by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 6:49 remaining. Unfortunately for the home team, Seattle immediately responded with an 8-0 run and coasted the rest of the way.
Natasha Howard, who won a title with the Minnesota Lynx last season, had 29 points on 11-for-14 shooting and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Storm. They won the championship in their first two appearances in 2004 and 2010. "Their experience showed in this playoff series". I'm a very left-footed player. "You watch (Delle Donne and Toliver)". The three-point play sparked Seattle to pull away.
As much as the team may be disappointed with not winning a championship right now, the Mystics did have a successful season. Our team went through a rebuild and yes, I made a decision to stay.
"We were up at halftime, but we knew D.C. was going to come back", Stewart said. "We won this thing".More news: Green Bay QB Rodgers working out with rehabbing players
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"We understand that we have to take care of the ball", Bird said. We have a relatively young team.
-Turnovers: They've done a great job of taking care of the basketball and had only seven turnovers in game two. That got us before.
"I'm sure he's going to say we're not invited anyway".
"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it". We don't feel like we've peaked and this was it for us.
The season has not only been her most successful, but her most transformational. "I mean, you can't be unsuccessful if you're in the Finals".
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. "We rely on that, and we didn't make them tonight". "And so we will". "The way she realized that opportunity, and what she did, and how she blended with this basketball team". "Those are huge. Those are huge because not only is she going to score, she's going to distribute well".
"And I didn't know if I would be back to the Finals ever again". They still can't guard you.