Recently, the WNBA community has been abuzz with excitement for the upcoming 2023 MVP announcement. Despite tough contenders such as Alyssa Thomas and WNBA champion A’ja Wilson, it was 29-year-old Breanna Stewart who ultimately claimed the coveted award.
After her most recent victory, Breanna Stewart, who was named the 2023 MVP, mimics Coco Gauff’s strategy at the US Open.
Breanna Stewart wins the 2023 MVP award
Breanna Stewart was declared the winner of the 2023 WNBA MVP award after a highly anticipated and closely contested competition. Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun (439 points) and A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces (433 points) also put on impressive performances. Despite the tough competition, Stewart from the New York Liberty emerged victorious with a narrow lead of 446 points, earning her the prestigious title.
The Liberty’s journey in ‘Stew York City’ began with Stewart’s record-breaking performance of 45 points in their first home game at the Barclays Center. This outstanding effort helped the team achieve a record of 32-8, making them second in the league for the regular season. They also emerged victorious against the Washington Mystics in the playoffs’ opening round.
After winning again, Breanna Stewart took the chance to recognize Coco Gauff, who won the US Open this year. She acknowledged Coco’s words from her own victory speech, where she expressed her determination to carry herself with grace and how those who doubted her only fueled her fire, which now burns even brighter.
After winning her first major title against Aryna Sabalenka at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, Coco Gauff shared some inspiring words.
The 2023 @Kia WNBA MVP, @BreannaStewart, receives her #KiaMVP award and learns from 2023 U.S. Open Champion, @CocoGauff.
— WNBA (@WNBA) September 26, 2023
She added, “I strive to conduct myself with elegance and be a valuable teammate. Additionally, I hope to set a positive example for Ruby (Breanna’s daughter) on how to approach life with both humility and determination in order to lead teams and help others succeed in what truly matters.”
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After the MVP was announced, Breanna Stewart and her team quickly went to the court for the second game of their semifinal series against the Sun.
The New York Liberty easily defeat the Connecticut Sun.
Betnijah Laney and Sabrina Ionescu led the New York Liberty to victory in a pivotal playoff game against the Connecticut Sun. The final score of 84-77 evened the series at 1-1. Sabrina Ionescu, who was named 2023 MVP, contributed 21 points to the team’s win.
Betnijah Laney scored 20 points, including a crucial 3-pointer in the fourth quarter that helped turn the game in New York’s favor. The Liberty had a narrow lead of 59-57 going into the final quarter of the intense game. However, they went on a strong run of 10-2 to reach their largest lead of 10 points. Breanna Stewart had an impressive performance with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.
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Notably, all five of the Liberty’s starters put out strong efforts and scored in double digits. Along with Ionescu, Stewart and Laney, Courtney Vandersloot scored 19 points while Jonquel Jones pulled down an astounding 13 rebounds. The Liberty made 10 out of 26 three-point attempts and shot 44.6% as a team overall. After struggling in Game 1, Betnijah Laney’s accurate shooting from outside the arc (5-for-7) was crucial to the victory.
The WNBA playoff semifinals, consisting of five games, are currently tied at 1-1. The next game will take place in Connecticut on Friday. With the Liberty having the 2023 MVP, also known as ‘Stewie,’ it is sure to be an exciting match to watch.
The article titled “EssentiallySports” discusses how Breanna Stewart, the 2023 MVP of the WNBA, used a strategy similar to Coco Gauff’s at the US Open to defeat her opponents.