Breanna Stewart insisted on hiking, now Marta Xargay knows why

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Breanna Stewart insisted on hiking, now Marta Xargay knows why

Marta Xargay did not want to go hiking in Papago Park on Sunday.

But her girlfriend, Breanna Stewart, insisted, saying it was a chance for them to spend time with a friend they hadn’t seen for a while.

“I was complaining because she wanted to go hiking,” Xargay said Tuesday. “You know Phoenix is super hot so I was just like I don’t want to be outside. She planned the whole day, telling me let’s go for a walk, do something, take pictures. I was like OK, let’s do it.”

As the women’s basketball world now know, WNBA superstar Stewart, back from playing overseas in Russia but not yet at Seattle Storm training camp, had an ulterior motive. She proposed to Xargay during the hike with their friend documenting the moment for them and social media.

It happened in Phoenix because Spanish guard Xargay is here in Phoenix Mercury camp, hoping to regain a roster spot with a team she played for in 2015 and 206.

“I wasn’t expecting that to happen,” Xargay said. “In the end, it turned out to be a really good day.”

Spanish guard Marta Xargay played for the Phoenix Mercury in 2015 and 2016. She is now back in training camp with the Mercury, trying to earn a roster spot.

Xargay, done with her required quarantine, participated in her first team practice Tuesday and first chance to receive congratulations from her Mercury teammates.

“They were super excited,” she said. “Everybody was so happy. It’s a happy moment so I guess everybody enjoys those kind of moments. Everybody wants to enjoy it too. I’m glad they were happy for us, and I’m happy too.”

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