Former Maryland women’s basketball star Crystal Langhorne is a 2018 WNBA champion. Langhorne and the Seattle Storm completed a three-game sweep of the Washington Mystics with a 98-82 win on Wednesday night.
It’s a third major title for Langhorne, after winning the NCAA title under Brenda Frese in 2006 and a FIBA U21 World Championship with Team USA in 2007. Langhorne was also the first Maryland basketball player with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. After being drafted by the Mystics in 2008 and traded to Seattle in 2014, the 10-year vet has a ring.
It was a career-low year for Langhorne in minutes, points and rebounds as her averages dipped lower than her rookie year. She was required to do less on a retooled Seattle Storm squad. Outside of a two-game stretch against Phoenix in the semifinals, Langhorne had a quiet playoffs. She peaked with a 6-point, 10-rebound performance in a win on Aug. 28 followed by an 11-point, six-rebound game in a loss on Aug. 31.
The two-time WNBA All-Star and former Most Improved Player wasn’t called upon heavily in the finals either. She had six points and and one rebound in Game 1, one point and two fouls in Game 2, and no points and an assist in the series clincher.