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Storm's Stewart named AP Player of Year, says 'weight lifted' after sharing #MeToo story

“Being named AP Player of the Year, obviously it’s a big deal, but I had big goals coming into this season, as a team and individually, and I want to put myself at the top of the league,” Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart said after practice on Wednesday. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - On Tuesday, Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart was named the AP WNBA Player of the Year.

“Being named AP Player of the Year, obviously it’s a big deal, but I had big goals coming into this season, as a team and individually, and I want to put myself at the top of the league,” Stewart said after practice on Wednesday.

The Storm are the top-seed in the WNBA Playoffs, set to open semi-final play on Sunday.

The award-winning season comes after the star forward shared her #MeToo story of survival in October.

She detailed in this article being molested as a child.

“My MeToo story was definitely hard for me to do, but the fact that it impacted so many people and is going to help save so many lives, is what’s really important,” said Stewart.

On the court this season, the 23-year-old averaged 8.4 rebounds and 22.0 points per game this season, a career high.

“It’s probably been one of the best years of my life just because I did everything I wanted to, and prioritized myself more than I usually do. Just a weight lifted off my chest I didn’t know I had. And now, you just go out and play and ball out,” said Stewart.

And Stewart said the #MeToo movement must continue.

“Sexual abuse is something that isn’t stopping. And now it’s how much can we talk about it, and make a difference, and try and make a change," she said.

Stewart and the Storm play Sunday at KeyArena. Their opponent is TBA.

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