Last night, the Seattle Storm won their third WNBA Championship, sweeping the Washington Mystics 3-0 in the best of five series. Former Huskies Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis were all members of the championship team. With her first WNBA title, Stewart became the 11th player to win a NCAA championship, WNBA championship, Olympic gold medal and FIBA world championship gold medal. This is Bird’s third championship with the Storm, and she is also on the list of players who have achieved all four championships.
Stewart was named the 2018 WNBA Finals MVP following the game, becoming the youngest Finals MVP in league history. She led all scorers in the second and third game of the series, totaling 77 points in the Finals. Her 30-point performance in the final game made her only the third player in WNBA history to score 30 points in a Finals series-clinching win. Stewart also scored 1.26 points per scoring attempt throughout the Finals and shot 55 percent from beyond the arc.
To add to the season’s accolades, the All-WNBA First and Second teams were also announced during the game. Stewart, the regular season and Finals MVP was unanimously selected to the All-WNBA First team, receiving all 39 possible votes.
Former UConn stars Diana Taurasi and Tiffany Hayes were also named to the All-WNBA First Team. Taurasi, who averaged 20.7 points per game this season, earned her 10th First Team selection. She has also now tallied 13 First or Second team selections, setting a new record for the most in league history. In her 14th season in the league, Taurasi also posted a career high shooting efficiency, scoring 1.28 points per scoring attempt during the regular season.
After surprisingly missing the All-Star game this year, Hayes was recognized for her impressive season with a First-Team nod. She posted a career high 17.2 points and 2.7 assists per game this season. Additionally, her defense helped lead the Atlanta Dream to a second place league finish. Hayes’ 1.5 defensive win shares ranked 15th in the WNBA this season.
Maya Moore was also named to the All-WNBA Second team. Moore led the WNBA in steals this season with 1.6 per game and averaged 18.0 points per game, which ranked 9th in the league.