Breanna Stewart’s winning streak on the basketball court expanded to a park in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sunday, where she proposed to girlfriend and fellow pro basketball player Marta Xargay.
Stewart captioned the proposal: “Did a thing. Another ring. She said YES.”
That mesa in Papago Park earned a lot more clicks than the typical spring weekend. Xargay said on her instagram, “Life isn’t just about the moments, it’s about who we share them with! I said YES #wifey.”
Stewart enters the upcoming WNBA season needing to build an expansion to her personal trophy case. Last season, Stewart led the Seattle Storm through to a WNBA Finals win over the Las Vegas Aces and was named WNBA Finals MVP. Sports Illustrated also named her one of the Sportspersons of the Year.
Stewart played in Europe with UMMC Ekaterinburg of the Russian Women’s Basketball Premier League. The team has been dominant in European women’s basketball with 15 Russian championships and 6 FIBA EuroLeague women’s titles since 2001. UMMC Ekaterinburg featuring of roster of WNBA stars including Stewart, Brittney Griner, Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley, raced through both their Russian Premier League and FIBA EuroLeague schedules unbeaten to take home both titles in 2020-2021. Stewart was also named EuroLeague Final Four MVP.
Xargay is back on the Phoenix Mercury roster this season after 4 years away from the WNBA. She was a member of the Mercury in 2015 and 2016. The point guard was a frontline player on Spain’s national team through an Olympic silver medal in Rio in 2016, and three European championship victories in 2013, 2017 and 2019. At the 2019 EuroBasket final, Xargay led the way scoring 23 points as Spain downed France for the European title.
Among the fans cheering on Xargay and Spain in that final match was Stewart, nursing an achilles injury suffered three months before as the FIBA Euroleague Final Four as a member of Dynamo Kursk where she and Xargay were teammates. They were building a friendship away from the game as well, and it blossomed in the months and years ahead.
Last year, Xargay announced she was stepping away from Spain’s national team, and was spotted cheering alongside Stewart from inside the WNBA bubble in Stewart’s comeback season. As Stewart led the Storm to a championship, Autostraddle named the pair one of its “Favorite Wubble Couples”, complete with some adorable Tik Tok content that revealed more of their tale of love and basketball.
Yet one moment foretold what was to come. As the championship confetti rained down after the Storm completed a 3-0 sweep of the Aces in the WNBA Final, Xargay embraced the MVP with a kiss on the court.
Goals for the season will keep celebrations short. Stewart seeks another WNBA title and a chance at Olympic gold for Team USA in Tokyo. Xargay is fighting to earn a Mercury uniform this season.
A first step toward a roster spot will be an on-court meeting with her new fiancée. The Mercury host the Storm in a preseason game this Saturday.