WNBA Finals Game 1 is 21 hours away By Sue Favor - September 6, 2018 Playoff storylines: The battle-tested Storm and Mystics are ready to meet in the Finals. Things to know about the match up. Both teams look to enjoy the experience of the series. Breaking it down. The mayors of Seattle and Washington D.C. have made a friendly bet on the series’ outcome. Practice quotes from today. In Seattle’s Finals run, there is no bigger fan than Lauren Jackson. The Storm rebuilds, but Sue Bird keeps going to the Finals. Seattle wouldn’t be in the Finals without the heroics of Sami Whitcomb. Former UCLA standout Jordin Canada is in the Finals in her rookie season. The Storm expect a tough series against the Mystics. Mystics super-rookie Ariel Atkins is making a big difference in the playoffs. WNBA player news: Tina Charles leads on and off the court. Angel McCoughtry on the benefits of taking a forced break. After a nightmare injury, Alaina Coates saw flashes of her old self in her rookie year. Hall of Fame news: A quest for perfection led Katie Smith to the Hall. Smith reflected and gave thanks in her induction speech. High school news: The class of 2019 has three new top picks. Leilani Kapinus is late but great. College team news: No bigs, no problem for Missouri. They are embracing a new style of offense. College coach news: Duke coach Joanne McCallie is back and excited for the upcoming season.