This past Wednesday, the Seattle Storm defeated the Washington Mystics in a three game sweep in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Finals to capture the franchise's third championship.
Stewart, 24, had been elected best player of the season (MVP) with an average of 21.8 points per game.
Moore averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and a WNBA-leading 1.68 steals during an injury-plagued season for Minnesota as she earned all-WNBA honors for the seventh consecutive season.
In front of the sold-out George Mason EagleBank Arena of 9,164 souls and not Capital One Arena because of a previously scheduled Drake concert, things got off to a great start for the "home" team.
"When you talk about being a coach on the floor, she's it", said first-year Storm coach Dan Hughes who admits to sharing authority in the locker room and during timeouts with Bird.
FRESH KICKS: Bird appears to be poking fun at herself for being the oldest player in the WNBA with shoes she had designed for Game 1 of the Finals.
Joining Stewart (195 points) and Taurasi (179) on the All-WNBA First Team are Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage (190), Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (184) and Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes (138). The team trounced the Washington Mystics 98-82 in a sweep of the WNBA finals. "Like numerous girls on this team, I grew up idolizing Sue Bird and playing with her is still a little bit surreal".
The win for the Storm marks their first WNBA championship since 2010, and the first WNBA title for Hughes.
This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of CT. Previous year we were brand new.
Stewart and Bird have had each had a remarkable year, culminating in a magical end to the season that's been years in the making for their franchise. "Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs".
She cited now knowing Toliver's favorite beer, getting to know the families and pets of her teammates, playing games like 'would you rather?' while waiting in airports.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt sank a three-pointer with 6:49 left to cut Seattle's 16-point lead to five (72-67). Stewart had 25 points in each of the first two meetings but was held to 10 in the final matchup. "And so we're poised to get better".
"We had a lot of growing up to do and maturing to do and this group really hasn't played together long as a group, he said".
"This is probably going to be one of the defining moments of my career to have played however many years I've been playing, to have won in all these places, but then to do it at the end in such a way that was different from all the others, it's really incredible".