UConn coach Geno Auriemma couldn’t stop grinning. The player who led his Huskies to four consecutive NCAA titles had just won her first WNBA championship at the age of 24.
And after winning the regular-season MVP, Breanna Stewart became the sixth player in league history to earn WNBA Finals MVP too.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal
Auriemma said it all happened exactly as he expected for Stewart, the Seattle Storm forward who had a 30-point, eight-rebound performance in a 98-82 Game 3 victory over Washington to complete a championship series sweep Wednesday.
“Stewie is not the kind who breaks the door down, and comes in and goes, ‘Watch me!’ ” Auriemma said as he stood outside the cramped but joyous Storm locker room at EagleBank Arena. “She’s never been like that. So I wasn’t surprised it took her a couple of years to get the lay of the land, see how everything worked, see what the pro game was all about.
“And then once she figures it all out, then, ‘Boom!’ It probably wasn’t going to happen for her as a rookie, the way it did when she was a freshman. But it wasn’t going to take her 10 years, either. This is in keeping with her personality. She’s the most unassuming, low-key superstar.”
Stewart struggled a bit her first year at UConn but had things under control by the NCAA tournament. She was the most outstanding player of that event all four years at UConn before being drafted No. 1 by the Storm in 2016. She was WNBA rookie of the year, but the team results then and in 2017 were not up to her standards.
Stewart was determined to change that for her third season. She averaged 21.8 points and 8.4 rebounds this season, and 24.6 and 6.9 in the playoffs.cheap nfl nike jerseys china
Wednesday, she was 4-of-5 from 3-point range, part of the Storm’s 13-for-26 performance from beyond the arc, and that made her even more effective.
“Having perimeter-oriented post players makes it hard to guard us,” Stewart said. “I wanted to be aggressive early and kind of show what was going on her