Those fans who attended the games at Smith Center and Wednesday's tilt at Eagle Bank Arena got a glimpse of what that atmosphere might well be like next year at the ESA.
The victory catapulted the Storm to an unassailable 3-0 lead and series sweep in the best-of-five WNBA Finals.
What took place on Wednesday night on the campus of George Mason University, in a green-and-yellow arena turned red-and-blue, would have been hard to imagine just two years ago. Kristi Toliver had 22 points.
Seattle overcame an early deficit to lead 20-16 after the first quarter.
Sue Bird, also a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, had 10 points and 10 assists.
The sellout crowd of 9,164 at EagleBank Arena screamed: "De-fense, De-fense", one last rally cry for a Washington Mystics facing elimination for the fourth time this season. She laid on the arena floor, slightly below the elevated basketball court where she initially fell from while trying to make a hustle play, where she was in agony as tears ran down her cheeks.
"When Seattle came onto our scope, I had this general feeling that God said this is the place you should be", Hughes said. All the best to the 32-year old.
In Game 1, Washington made just 3 of 21 shots from beyond the arc. Unfortunately for the home team, Seattle immediately responded with an 8-0 run and coasted the rest of the way.
Forward Natasha Howard added a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm.
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"It's already in the past", Thibault said.
The Mystics showed this year they can put it all together. In Game 5 of the semifinals she had 28 points. "I mean, we're the champs".
Stewart wouldn't allow this series to extend past Game 3, she was eager to get the champagne popping. "And we just continued to play for each other". "I felt more and more uncomfortable as we kept going".
And Howard was too much for the Mystics inside. A lot of times when I invite people out and they come to a game, they fall in love with the game.
As a team, the Storm set a franchise record for road wins (13) and became the fifth squad in league history to go without back-to-back losses in the regular season. We'd like to have taken that one last step, but the window for us is open right now. "And so we're poised to get better".
"They definitely supported us during the season.to see the turnout at the playoffs, it was huge for us", Bird said.
"We thought, 'Oh, crap, what kind of year is this going to be?'" Bird reminisced. We don't feel like we've peaked and this was it for us.
"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it".
The Mystics know they have room to improve.
"A successful one", Toliver said of the season. That means you're getting a super-soft, super-comfortable, must-have t-shirt. "And to do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react to be honest". "And so we will". "Best feeling in the world". "What she did this year was ahead of schedule for us". I think we've really grown this fanbase.
EDD: "Everybody knows this". That's where the fun comes, the camaraderie. "This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said Wednesday night.