Bird Wins WNBA Title

Sue Bird's Seattle Storm won the third and deciding game of the WNBA Finals, 74-60, Tuesday night at a sold-out Key Arena in Seattle.

At least one UConn alum was going to be a WNBA champion. The Connecticut Sun - Seattle Storm WNBA Finals deciding game Tuesday night determined whether one or two Huskies would get rings.

Sue Bird ('02), who was scoreless in the first half, tallied all eight of her points in the first six minutes of the second which enabled the Storm to extend their one point halftime lead to 51-42 with 14:20 left to play. The Storm had led by as many as 12 points in the opening 20 minutes only to see the Sun reduce the edge to 37-36 at the break.

But this time, Seattle was not willing to let that occur and won going away 74-60.

The Sun were led by the other two UConn players, Nykesha Sales ('98) and Asjha Jones ('02). Sales, who set a WNBA Finals record with 32 points in Sunday's game, tallied 18 points and pulled down six rebounds. Jones added 12 points followed by Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota '04) and Taj McWilliams-Franklin (St. Edward's '93) with 10 points each.

Seattle was led by Finals MVP Betty Lennox (Louisiana Tech '00) who put in 23 points after making just 2-of-9 shots in the first half. Australian Lauren Jackson added 12 points to go along with seven rebounds. Bird added a game-high six assists. Earlier, the league named Taurasi Rookie of the Year.

Bird now has a WNBA championship ring to go along with the Olympic gold medal she won this year. And on Friday, Bird and Diana Taurasi ('04) were named to the 2004 All-WNBA First Team and Sales and Swin Cash ('02) were named to the second team giving UConn grads four of the 10 spots on the All-Star team.

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