2018 WNBA Finals

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2018 WNBA Finals
TeamCoachWins
Seattle Storm Dan Hughes 3
Washington Mystics Mike Thibault 0
DatesSeptember 7 – September 12
MVPUnited States Breanna Stewart
(Seattle Storm)
TelevisionESPNews, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (HD)
Eastern FinalsWashington Mystics defeated Atlanta Dream, 3–2 (Note: the semifinal rounds as of 2016 were not divided by conference)
Western FinalsSeattle Storm defeated Phoenix Mercury, 3–2
WNBA Finals

The 2018 WNBA Finals was the best-of-five championship series for the 2018 season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). It featured the top-seeded Seattle Storm and the three-seeded Washington Mystics. The series began on September 7, 2018 and ended on September 12, 2018. Ultimately, after winning the first two games at home, the Storm went on the road and completed the 3-0 series sweep. It was the franchise's first title in eight years and third overall.

Road to the Finals[edit]

Standings and playoffs[edit]

# Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 Seattle Storm (1) 26 8 .765 13–4 13–4 11–5
2 Phoenix Mercury (5) 20 14 .588 6 9–8 11–6 8–8
3 Los Angeles Sparks (6) 19 15 .559 7 11–6 8–9 9–7
4 Minnesota Lynx (7) 18 16 .529 8 9–8 9–8 9–7
5 Dallas Wings (8) 15 19 .441 11 10–7 5–12 7–9
6 e –Las Vegas Aces 14 20 .412 12 8–9 6–11 4–12
# Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 Atlanta Dream (2) 23 11 .676 13–4 10–7 12–4
2 Washington Mystics (3) 22 12 .647 1 12–5 10–7 12–4
3 Connecticut Sun (4) 21 13 .618 2 13–4 8–9 9–7
4 e – Chicago Sky 13 21 .382 10 7–10 6–11 6–10
5 e – New York Liberty 7 27 .206 16 4–13 3–14 6–10
6 e – Indiana Fever 6 28 .176 17 2–15 4–13 3–13

Notes

(#) – Conference Standing, Playoff Seeds shown to the right of team name
x – Clinched Playoff Birth
e – Eliminated from playoffs
 
First round:
Single elimination
(Aug. 21)
Second round:
Single elimination
(Aug. 23)
Semifinals:
Best-of-five
(Aug. 26 – Sept. 4)
WNBA Finals:
Best-of-five
(Sept. 7 – Sept. 12)
 
              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Seattle Storm
3
 
 
5
Phoenix Mercury
2
 
 
 
 
 
4
Connecticut Sun
86
 
 
 
5
Phoenix Mercury
96
 
5
Phoenix Mercury
101
 
 
 
8
Dallas Wings
83
 
1
Seattle Storm
3
 
 
 
3
Washington Mystics
0
 
6
Los Angeles Sparks
75
 
 
 
7
Minnesota Lynx
68
 
3
Washington Mystics
96
 
 
6
Los Angeles Sparks
64
 
 
 
 
 
2
Atlanta Dream
2
 
 
3
Washington Mystics
3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Note: Teams re-seeded after second round and semi-finals.

Semifinals
Team 1 2 3 4 5
1
Seattle Storm
91 91 66 84 94
5
Phoenix Mercury
87 87 86 86 84
Team 1 2 3 4 5
2
Atlanta Dream
84 78 81 76 81
3
Washington Mystics
87 75 76 97 86
WNBA Finals
Team 1 2 3
1
Seattle Storm
89 75 98
3
Washington Mystics
76 73 82


WNBA Finals[edit]

The Mystics' regular home of Capital One Arena was not available during the 2018 postseason due to renovations. The team had played its previous home playoff games at Charles Smith Center on the campus of George Washington University in Washington's Foggy Bottom neighborhood, but that venue would also be unavailable for the Finals due to scheduling issues. The team then moved its home Finals games to EagleBank Arena at George Mason University near Fairfax, Virginia.[1]

Game 1

In Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, Jewell Loyd came up big, leading the Storm in points and rebounds. Loyd scored 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting, and regular season MVP Breanna Stewart added 20 points in a 13 point Storm win. The Storm went on a 16–4 run during the second quarter and never looked back. Seattle lead by as many as 27 in the third quarter.[2]

September 7
9:00 PM ET
Washington Mystics 76, Seattle Storm 89
Scoring by quarter: 13–24, 19–24, 21–29, 23–12
Pts: Atkins (23)
Rebs: Delle Donne, Hawkins (7)
Asts: Cloud (5)
Pts: Loyd (23)
Rebs: Clark, Howard, Loyd (5)
Asts: Bird (7)
KeyArena
Attendance: 11,486
Referees: Michael Price
Eric Brewton
Maj Forsberg
Cheryl Flores


Game 2

Game 2 of the finals was a back and forth affair. In the first quarter, the Storm started quickly and held a 9 point lead. However, the Mystics came on strong in the second quarter and took a 4 point lead into halftime. The Storm cut the lead to 3 at the end of the third quarter and eventually prevailed in the final period. Seattle is now one win short of its third WNBA title. Since the WNBA Finals went to a best-of-five format in 2005, no team has gone down 0–2 and forced a game five.[3]

September 9
3:30 PM ET
Washington Mystics 73, Seattle Storm 75
Scoring by quarter: 16–25, 24–11, 21–22, 12–17
Pts: Delle Donne (17)
Rebs: Sanders (5)
Asts: Toliver (3)
Pts: Stewart (19)
Rebs: Howard (11)
Asts: Bird (4)
KeyArena
Attendance: 14,212
Referees: Kurt Walker
Maj Forsberg
Billy Smith
Cheryl Flores
Game 3

In Game 3, Seattle dominated the first half, particularly in the second quarter. By halftime, the Storm held a 17 point lead. Washington showed life in the third quarter, pulling to within five points, but Seattle quickly responded with an 8-0 run to reclaim control. From there, the Storm put the finishing touches on their third title as Finals MVP Breanna Stewart finished with a series-high 30 points while Sue Bird managed 10 assists. Bird is the only player to have been a member of all three of the Storm's championship teams.

September 12
8 PM ET
Seattle Storm 98, Washington Mystics 82
Scoring by quarter: 20–16, 27–14, 21–23, 29–29
Pts: Stewart (30)
Rebs: Howard (14)
Asts: Bird (10)
Pts: Delle Donne (23)
Rebs: Delle Donne (5)
Asts: Toliver (5)
EagleBank Arena
Attendance: 9,164
Referees: Roy Gulbeya
Brenda Pantoja
Byron Jarrett
Billy Smith

Team rosters[edit]

Seattle Storm roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
G 10 United States Bird, Sue 5' 9" (1.75m) 150 lb (68kg) 10-16-1980 Connecticut 15
G 21 United States Canada, Jordin 5' 6" (1.68m) 08-11-1995 UCLA R
F 32 United States Clark, Alysha 5' 11" (1.8m) 167 lb (76kg) 07-07-1987 Middle Tennessee 6
F 6 United States Howard, Natasha 6' 2" (1.88m) 165 lb (75kg) 09-02-1991 Florida State 4
F/C 1 United States Langhorne, Crystal 6' 2" (1.88m) 185 lb (84kg) 10-27-1986 Maryland 10
G 24 United States Loyd, Jewell 5' 10" (1.78m) 148 lb (67kg) 10-05-1993 Notre Dame 3
F 23 United States Mosqueda-Lewis, Kaleena 5' 11" (1.8m) 180 lb (82kg) 11-03-1993 Connecticut 3
C 3 United States Paris, Courtney 6' 4" (1.93m) 250 lb (113kg) 97-21-1987 Oklahoma 8
G 45 United States Quinn, Noelle 6' 0" (1.83m) 178 lb (81kg) 01-03-1985 UCLA 11
C 2 United States Russell, Mercedes 6' 6" (1.98m) 07-27-1995 Tennessee R
F 30 United States Stewart, Breanna 6' 4" (1.93m) 170 lb (77kg) 08-27-1994 Connecticut 2
G/F 33 Australia Whitcomb, Sami 5' 10" (1.78m) 145 lb (66kg) 07-20-1988 Washington 1



East: ATLCHICONINDNYWAS | West: DALLVLAMINPHOSEA
Head coach
United States Dan Hughes (Muskingum)
Assistant coaches
United States Gary Kloppenburg (UC San Diego)
United States Crystal Robinson (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)
Athletic trainer
United States Tom Spencer (Central Washington)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

WNBA roster page

Washington Mystics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
G 7 United States Atkins, Ariel 5' 11" (1.8m) 160 lb (73kg) 07-30-1996 Texas R
G 15 United States Cloud, Natasha 6' 0" (1.83m) 160 lb (73kg) 02-22-1992 Saint Joseph's 3
F 25 United States Currie, Monique 6' 0" (1.83m) 175 lb (79kg) 02-25-1983 Duke 12
G/F 11 United States Delle Donne, Elena 6' 5" (1.96m) 187 lb (85kg) 09-05-1989 Delaware 5
F 21 United States Hawkins, Tianna 6' 3" (1.91m) 193 lb (88kg) 03-02-1991 Maryland 4
F 2 United States Hines-Allen, Myisha 6' 2" (1.88m) 200 lb (91kg) 05-30-1996 Louisville R
G/F 23 United States Powers, Aerial 6' 0" (1.83m) 157 lb (71kg) 07-17-1994 Michigan State 2
G 14 United States Ruffin-Pratt, Tierra 5' 11" (1.8m) 180 lb (82kg) 04-11-1991 North Carolina 5
F/C 30 United States Sanders, LaToya 6' 3" (1.91m) 170 lb (77kg) 09-11-1986 North Carolina 5
C 34 United States Thomas, Krystal 6' 5" (1.96m) 210 lb (95kg) 06-10-1989 Duke 6
G 20 United States Toliver, Kristi 5' 7" (1.7m) 130 lb (59kg) 01-27-1987 Maryland 9
G 32 United States Walker-Kimbrough, Shatori 5' 11" (1.8m) 142 lb (64kg) 05-18-1995 Maryland 1



East: ATLCHICONINDNYWAS | West: DALLVLAMINPHOSEA
Head coach
United States Mike Thibault (St. Martin's)
Assistant coaches
United States Marianne Stanley (Immaculata)
United States Eric Thibault (Missouri)
Athletic trainer
United States Chalisa Fonza (Western Illinois)
Strength and conditioning coach
Vacant

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

WNBA roster page

External links[edit]

WNBA Playoffs Home

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mystics Advance to the WNBA Finals for the First Time in Franchise History". Washington Mystics. September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Booth, Tim (September 7, 2018). "Jewell Loyd scores 23, Storm beat Mystics 89-76 in Game 1". wnba.com. The Associated Press. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Booth, Tim (September 9, 2018). "Stewart, Storm beat Mystics 75-73 for 2-0 series lead". wnba.com. The Associated Press. Retrieved September 10, 2018.