The Storm did it in style, completing a three-game sweep of the Washington Mystics on Wednesday with a 98-82 win in Fairfax, Virginia.
Players such as point guard Natasha Cloud, who ascended to become the team's starting point guard, and Tianna Hawkins, who lost 20 pounds before the start of the season so she could play more effectively off the bench, give Sanders confidence.
Bird is relishing this opportunity knowing it could be one of her last chances to win another title.
Back in their offices at Capital One Arena on Thursday morning, the Washington Mystics went about the quotidian details of breakdown day before disbanding for the offseason. In hopes of lighting a fire under his team, head coach Mike Thibault verbally assaulted an official before heading to the locker room for intermission, which earned him a technical foul. She had always wanted to spend her entire career with one franchise, but the Storm's last championship was in 2010 and before that it was in 2004.
They have a superstar in Delle Donne and ascending players at most positions. After eliminating Phoenix in a thrilling five-game series in the 2018 WNBA Semifinals, the Storm collected two triumphs in the Emerald City against Washington (89-76 on September 7; 75-73 on September 9) before defeating the Mystics on Wednesday to complete the sweep.
"Sue's done everything for me", Stewart told ESPN reporter Holly Rowe after the game.
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.
Stewart, Bird and Delle Donne could all join Team USA before they open play at the FIBA Women's World Cup beginning September 22 in Spain.
Check out the brand new t-shirt - which honors the Storm's previous titles and their current roster - below. Beyond the obvious, the circumstances of a venue change (thanks, Drake and Migos), the rise of the Washington Mystics in a short period of time has been nothing short of remarkable.
Breanna Stewart is an Olympic gold medalist and a four-time NCAA champion with CT, and she's now a WNBA champion as well.
ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda. That's what really separated us again".
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt sank a three-pointer with 6:49 left to cut Seattle's 16-point lead to five (72-67).
The 24-year-old was also named the WNBA Finals MVP on Wednesday following her 30-point performance. "We won this thing".
"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".