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The Seattle Storm cruised to the first-ever Commissioner’s Cup, topping the Connecticut Sun 79-57. 

Breanna Stewart scored 15 of her 17 points in the first quarter en route to being named Game MVP. 

Every Storm player will get $30,000 for the win, while Stewart will collect another $5,000 for being named MVP. 

Practice? Who needs it?

The Cup was the first time the entire Storm team had been together since the WNBA went on break for the Olympics. 

Jet lag didn’t seem to be a problem for the five Storm players who competed in Tokyo. (Stewie, Sue Bird and Jewell Lloyd suited up for the U.S., while Ezi Magbegor and Stephanie Talbot competed for Australia.) 

She said it

“It actually weighs the same amount of pounds as our bonus money,” Sue Bird, after lifting the trophy. 

The big picture

Seattle was supposed to take a step back this year following the departures of Natasha Howard and Alysha Clark. But first-year coach Noelle Quinn has the defending champs looking like the clear team to beat as we turn the corner on the 2021 season.