Howard, who came to Seattle in an offseason trade with Minnesota, won her second straight WNBA title on Wednesday after finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds, while shooting 11-of-14 from the field and knocking down both of her 3-pointers. "Sue told us in the huddle that it wasn't going to be easy basically, and it was just how we reacted, how we countered that, and we knew - we got to this point for a reason, also, and it was Game 3 of the Finals, and we were going home with a championship".
Joining Stewart (195 points) and Taurasi (179) on the All-WNBA First Team are Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage (190), Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (184) and Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes (138). "The way she realized that opportunity, and what she did, and how she blended with this basketball team".
"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", Stewart said.
Stewart was unanimously selected to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday, the league announced at halftime of the game, the only player in the WNBA to be named on all 39 ballots.
Breanna Stewart was the darling of the night as she scored 30 points to pace her team en route to winning Finals MVP honors.
Washington reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history.
"I think this is a time that you just reflect", Toliver said.
"The team that we played in their own way are champions", he said. "But we had a goal coming into this year, we knew what to do and how to get better and we just continue to push one another". Seattle won 26 games during the regular season - 11 more than the 2017 campaign - entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and swept the finals. "If I'm exhausted, she can guard [Elena] Delle Donne, and if she's exhausted, I can do it".
Delle Donne injured her left knee two weeks ago in the league semifinals against Seattle and did not put in a dominant performance ever since returning to the court.
The two All-Stars on the team, Delle Donne and Toliver, had a cute moment at the podium minutes after their season ended when discussing the budding chemistry the team has had over the past two years when the pieces first came together. "I think everybody knows". "She helped to relieve the pressure off me".
KT: "I'm going to need a lot tonight". That's a pretty important thing to know about Panda. But Seattle pulled away to capture the championship. Obviously D.C.is a great team, and what they have going is going to be exciting for them in the future. "You know it's early, it's early for us, but to have this kind of support, this is what it's all for".
"This is probably going to be one of the defining moments of my career to have played however many years I've been playing, to have won in all these places, but then to do it at the end in such a way that was different from all the others, it's really incredible".