Stewart, Bird help Storm sweep Lynx, advance to WNBA Finals

Breanna Stewart scored a profession playoff-high 31 issues — tying Seattle’s franchise playoff file — and Sue Hen had 16 issues and 9 assists, and the Typhoon beat Minnesota 92-71 to brush the Lynx and advance to the WNBA Finals

BRADENTON, Fla. — Breanna Stewart put forth a profession effort to get the Seattle Typhoon again to the WNBA Finals.

Stewart scored a profession playoff-high 31 issues — tying Seattle’s franchise playoff file — and Sue Hen had 16 issues and 9 assists, and the Typhoon beat Minnesota 92-71 on Sunday to brush the Lynx and advance to the championship spherical for the second one time in 3 seasons. The Typhoon gained the name in 2018.

“It’s an important feeling to be again,” Stewart stated. “Be again with Seattle and be again within the finals and I will be able to’t look ahead to Recreation 1 Friday.”

Stewart, who neglected all of ultimate season whilst convalescing from a torn Achilles’ tendon added six rebounds, seven assists, 3 steals and two blocks. Mercedes Russell tied her season excessive with 10 issues for the No. 2 seed Typhoon.

The Typhoon will play both top-seeded Las Vegas or No. 7 seed Connecticut within the Finals, which start Friday. Seattle misplaced each common season matchups with the Aces — together with an 86-84 loss within the common season finale — and gained its two common season video games towards the Solar through a median of 18 issues.

Hen and Stewart blended to attain or lend a hand on 13 issues all through a 17-Zero run that gave Seattle a 24-Eight lead when Sami Whitcomb made a layup with 54.2 seconds left within the first quarter. Stewart made a brief jumper to push the Typhoon’s result in 18 issues with 1:05 left within the first part however Minnesota scored 16 of the following 21 issues, together with six through Crystal Dangerfield and two Three-pointers through Odyssey Sims, to make it 48-41 about 3 mins into the 3rd quarter.

Stewart replied with back-to-back layups and, after Jewell Loyd made some other layup, Stewart transformed a three-point play after which hit a three in a 12-Zero run that made it 60-41 about 4 mins later and Minnesota trailed through double figures the remainder of the way in which.

The fourth-seeded Lynx, who got here in averaging a playoff-low 11.Zero turnovers consistent with sport, dedicated 19 on Sunday. They made 27 of 59 from Three-point vary within the first two video games of the sequence however hit simply 7 of 22 (31.Eight%) on Sunday.

“This was once a distinct season with a distinct workforce,” Minnesota trainer Cheryl Reeve stated. “No person idea we’d get previous the Seattle Typhoon. We believed we may well be aggressive. We have been assured. As of late’s sport was once disappointing in such a lot of techniques. Didn’t see that coming.”

Napheesa Collier led Minnesota with 22 issues, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. Damiris Dantas and Dangerfield — the 2020 WNBA rookie of the yr — scored 16 issues apiece and Sims added 10 issues.

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