Thursday night the WNBA made history.
In the first-ever WNBA’s Commissioner’s Cup contest, the Seattle Storm and Connecticut Sun took the floor after a one month hiatus with the league’s Olympic break.
The Storm, with its three Team USA Olympians, were all in on taking home not only the inaugural cup trophy but the bag, too.
Players on the winning team each earned at least $30,000. Players on the losing team earned $10,000, and the MVP of the contest earned an additional $5,000.
As the Seattle Storm continue to bring home more hardware, so does Storm power forward Breanna Stewart.
Stewart was named the game's MVP.
The 26-year-old power forward shot lights out in the first quarter to notch 15 of the Storm’s 28 points.
To put the first-quarter scoring tear in perspective, the Sun scored just 18 points in the first 10 minutes.
Stewart finished with 17 points to lead all scorers.
Thanks to a very efficient shooting night overall by the Storm, the team didn't need more than that from their MVP.
Storm head coach Noelle Quinn mentioned how Thursday’s Commissioner's Cup at Footprint Center in Phoenix had a playoff-type feel to it.
She also had to give props to her 2020 WNBA Finals MVP.
Stewart has now earned another MVP with the Commissioner’s Cup honor after hoisting up both the 2018 and 2020 WNBA Finals MVP honors as well as the overall WNBA MVP of 2018.
And those aren't her only MVP awards:
But for Stewie, she was just happy to get the win for the entire team.
“We were just aggressive. We knew what this game meant,” Stewart said. “I think our teammates were the motivating factor. 30k is 30k… To help them get that is amazing.”
The Sun had a game plan coming in on how to work to slow down the Storm power forward, but Connecticut head coach Curt Miller pointed out what exactly makes Stewart elite.
On the season, Stewart is averaging 20.6 points, third best in the league, to go along with 9.6 rebounds in 21 games played with the Storm at the top of the WNBA standings at 16-5.
Stewart and the Storm will be road tested for the next week and a half with five games away from home starting in Chicago.
The Storm and Sky are set to tip-off at 1:00p.m. PT Sunday, Aug. 15.
Seattle has just 11 games remaining in the regular season.