The Storm will celebrate back home in Seattle at 1 p.m. Sunday. "We're not just going to be satisfied that we got here this season - we've got to improve because everyone else is".
The answer came almost four months later with a championship.
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.
Moving out of Capital One Arena, with its packed calendar of three other pro sports teams as well as concerts and other events, should give the Mystics more control over their schedule.
Stewart, the WNBA's Most Valuable Player this season, added Finals MVP to her resume, which includes four NCAA titles at CT, for which she was named the outstanding player in each of them.
"Stewie was just incredible", Storm coach Dan Hughes said.
When Breanna Stewart left the University of CT after winning an unprecedented four straight NCAA titles, coach Geno Auriemma said that she might be the best of a long list of former UConn icons who have become WNBA All-Stars, Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. "I've seen her as a youngster, and I have seen her with the Storm, and she really is truly awesome". Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team vote. Seattle landed Jewell Loyd and Stewart, both All-Stars in 2018 with Bird, with the No. 1 overall picks in 2015 and 2016 respectively. "There is probably no comparison to be honest". I'm a very left-footed player. "I didn't coach her on the U-17 team in 2010 but I saw her". The Storm returned to dominance this season, capturing the W's best overall record and the number one spot in the playoffs.
The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise.
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. The Mystics got out to a 4-0 lead with Kristi Toliver and Elena Delle Donne knocking down jump shots, while the Storm had back-to-back turnovers. "Obviously this isn't how we wanted it to end, but it's an experience we can grow from".
What Delle Donne did against Atlanta may have been better.
The Mystics were playing in the franchise's first Finals.
She's overcome a knee injury that forced her to sit out the 2013 season and survived a four-year roster reconstruction that resulted in two years of missing the postseason followed by a pair of first-round playoff exits. Previous year we were brand new.
ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda". That's a pretty important thing to know about Panda.
KT: "I'm going to need a lot tonight". "You knew that this was game two and they were going to come out like a better D.C. team than we saw in game one". Alysha Clark has been the trigger of their suffocating defense all season, was again on Wednesday, and added 15 points in the clincher.