They trust me; they trusted me from day one.
Stewart said it would be a team decision.
Seattle swept the best-of-five series, 3-0. They also claimed the title in 2004 and 2010.
"And then your stars have to be who they are".
After scoring 22 points, three rebounds and five assists in Game 1 of the final and 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Game 2 to put the Storm in position to sweep, Stewart had a lot of help from center Natasha Howard, who already had 25 points and 12 rebounds as the Storm took a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter.
"We've been leaders of this team and have just been trying to make sure everyone is focused, staying light, having a good time and spending time together, not just on the court but off the court", Delle Donne said.
"Honestly, I don't know", she said inside Sea-Tac Airport Thursday morning. "Once we got Stewie and Jewell, we knew we'd get to the other side, but how do you know you're going to get to the other side this fast?"
Winning and alcohol creates potent truth serum where confessions and secrets are revealed. If a player received votes at multiple positions, she was slotted at the position where she received the most votes.
As did numerous players who represent those teams, such as Seahawks stars Earl Thomas, Russell Wilson and Frank Clark.
The legendary University of CT women's basketball coach sat next to his long-time assistant Chris Daley watching the most decorated player they'd ever coach do what she always does - dominate and win. "And all you can really give her is your best at practice and (in games)".
"We had a great season", Delle Donne made clear. Obviously this Finals didn't go the way we wanted it to, but I think the great thing is that we can still improve. "Look, this isn't about me". "What she did this year was ahead of schedule for us". And we did that. So for me to be here now, not that I didn't enjoy the other ones, but I'm just truly enjoying this right now.
In truth, it was never really much of a secret. Team captain Sue Bird added 10 points and 10 assists.
Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points, and Kristi Toliver had 22 for the Mystics, who were appearing in the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Hayes, in her seventh season after graduating from UConn in 2012, was a second-round draft pick by the Dream.
The Storm got their first taste of life without Bird in the semifinals when she broke her nose and had to sit out the remainder of Game 4 against Phoenix. And that's all a point guard needs. "You know it's early, it's early for us, but to have this kind of support, this is what it's all for". Seattle's Dan Hughes and Washington's Mike Thibault have enjoyed incredible individual success leading teams, but neither has ever won a title. She was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in all four of her college years.