Breanna Steward scored 26 points, Jewell Loyd added 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Seattle Storm won their fourth WNBA Championship defeating the Las Vegas Aces 92-59 last night. It was the biggest margin of victory in WNBA Finals history and the Storm’s second championship in three years. Breanna Stewart was named the 2020 WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) and set a WNBA Finals record by scoring at least 20 points in the sixth WNBA Finals game.
A’ja Wilson led the Aces with 18 points six rebounds and four assists.
Please see below some of the quotes from the players’ postgame media availability with the full transcripts and select images attached (please credit NBAE/Getty Images).
Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm)
“I was talking to Sue about it before we finished. I talked to Cathy [Engelbert] about it before my Podcast. To be able to be the 2020 WNBA champs, it's a huge gold star next to that. This season wasn't easy, and it wasn't easy in a whole bunch of different areas, with the coronavirus, with the social injustices going on in this country and the day-to-day being stuck here in the bubble. But our team is resilient. We continued to keep going, no matter what's going on, and I'm super proud to kind of be a part of this and this one is different than 2018, but it was harder and it means more.”
Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)
“Everybody knows why we came here. I think we did, looking back, an incredible job of being activists, of organizing -- I was going to say push the needle, I don't know if that's the right term for it but it's sometimes hard. I said this the other day, it's sometimes hard to know the impact you're having, but there's actually been moments we've been able to see it. I'm just so proud of this league, these players, it's amazing. In some ways, it's an honor to be part of the last two teams standing and an honor to continue spreading the message we started.”
A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces)
“I think we grew tremendously. I think we honestly understand now what it takes to win a championship. I mean, Seattle is a championship team on paper, on court. It's good to have that measure to know this is what we have to do every possession, every minute. I don't think we really understood that till you're in it. That's normally how it is in professional basketball. But it's a good thing for us. I know that it hurts. I don't know if anyone has lost something big in a game situation, but it's hurts. At the end of the day you learn and grow from it. I feel like I grew, so that's a success in my book. I'm just going to keep growing.”