Storm banks fourth championship
The Seattle Storm pulled of a clean sweep of the Las Vegas Aces in the 2020 WNBA Finals to win the franchise’s fourth championship.
Breanna Steward scored 26 points, Jewell Loyd added 19 points and nine rebounds, in the 92-59 game 3 victory, bringing an end to what proved to be a one-sided affair in the final.
The game also set stage for the biggest margin of victory in WNBA Finals history and the Storm’s second championship in three years. Breanna Stewart was named the 2020 WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) and set a WNBA Finals record by scoring at least 20 points in the sixth WNBA Finals game.
Regular season MVP A’ja Wilson led the Aces with 18 points six rebounds and four assists in the team’s losing effort.
Finals MVP Stewart said: “This season wasn't easy, and it wasn't easy in a whole bunch of different areas, with the coronavirus, with the social injustices going on in this country and the day-to-day being stuck here in the bubble. But our team is resilient. We continued to keep going, no matter what's going on, and I'm super proud to kind of be a part of this and this one is different than 2018, but it was harder and it means more.”
Seattle veteran guard Sue Bird, who has been part of all four championships in her 17-year illustrious career commented: “Everybody knows why we came here. I think we did, looking back, an incredible job of being activists, of organising - I was going to say push the needle, I don't know if that's the right term for it but it's sometimes hard. I said this the other day, it's sometimes hard to know the impact you're having, but there's actually been moments we've been able to see it. I'm just so proud of this league, these players, it's amazing. In some ways, it's an honour to be part of the last two teams standing and an honour to continue spreading the message we started.”
Wilson stated that through the journey to the finals, her team grew tremendously.
“I think we honestly understand now what it takes to win a championship. I mean, Seattle is a championship team on paper, on court. It's good to have that measure to know this is what we have to do every possession, every minute. I don't think we really understood that till you're in it. That's normally how it is in professional basketball. But it's a good thing for us. I know that it hurts. I don't know if anyone has lost something big in a game situation, but it's hurts. At the end of the day you learn and grow from it. I feel like I grew, so that's a success in my book. I'm just going to keep growing,” she explained.