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From COVID-19 to social injustice, the hurdles Breanna Stewart and her team overcame to taste WNBA Finals glory

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Seattle Storm clinched their fourth WNBA Finals title on 6th October, dominating Las Vegas Aces 92-59 in the 3rd and final Game at the IMG Academy. Breanna Stewart, the top scorer of Game 3 and the 2020 WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) awardee, opens up on her squad’s journey through this year in the presence of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, as well as the social injustice that marked its presence through the deaths of George Floyd and Jacob Blake.

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Breanna Stewart was named the MVP of the WNBA Finals. (Image Courtesy: Nike)

World sport saw an unprecedented halt amidst the novel Coronavirus outbreak, with all kinds of sporting activity being suspended for months on end. Even after the resumption of several tournaments and leagues, sportspersons and teams have faced major changes to counter the pandemic, one of them is the bio-bubble that prevents players to interact with the outside world.

Add to the pandemic, the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer back in May spurged out anti-racism protests all over the US and even many athletes took a stand against racial injustice, which also intensified after the shooting of Jacob Blake in August.

We continued to keep going: Breanna Stewart on their path to glory

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The Seattle Storm forward was the top scorer of Game 3, securing 26 points including four rebounds. Speaking after the victory, Breanna Stewart expressed the hurdles the squad had to face in 2020, from the pandemic to the George Floyd incident becoming a stout example of the social injustice in America.

“To be able to be the 2020 WNBA champs, it’s a huge gold star next to that,” Stewart was quoted by APO in the post-match interview, “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,” the forward added.

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