Bird, the oldest player in the league, ranked second in assists, guiding the team's young superstars the whole way.
Rizzotti, the former UConn star, coached Stewart with the 2011 national team that won gold at the FIBA U-19 world championships in Puerto Montt, Chile.
The Seattle Storm clinched the 2018 WNBA championship on Wednesday, completing the sweep of the Washington Mystics with a 98-82 victory. Seattle won 26 games during the regular season - 11 more than the 2017 campaign. In Game 2, the Storm had 15 giveaways, their highest total in the playoffs.
The Storm became the sixth team to sweep a Finals in three games - something the team did in 2010.
Dan Hughes, 63, was lured out of retirement before the season to coach the Storm. "She truly was the MVP of this league".
This is the third championship for the Seattle Storm. What happened on Wednesday night was a return to normalcy for Stewart, where she is celebrated as the best player on the best team in whatever level of competition she is in. "There is probably no comparison to be honest". That got us before.
The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise.
"Honestly, it does feel a little different", Bird said of this title. "They've just said, 'OK, whatever you put in front of us, we'll deal with it'".More news: Cuomo's vulnerabilities heading into the primary
However, the Storm closed the door with a 24-10 run that included a pair of dagger three-pointers from backup guard Sami Whitcomb and Bird. "We won this thing".
"They definitely supported us during the season.to see the turnout at the playoffs, it was huge for us", Bird said.
Washington reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history.
"Sometimes teams focus so much on Stewie and that allows Tosh to take advantage", Clark said. Past year we were brand new.
"And I didn't know if I would be back to the Finals ever again".
ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda. Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs".
KT: "I'm going to need a lot tonight". Yet less than a minute later, the Storm had the lead back to 15 points, completely shutting the Mystics down.
In Game 1, Washington had no shot as Seattle asserted their dominance. The Mystics joined that unwanted club. "But our perimeter shooting allowed us to create some separation and then we managed the game pretty well".
After trailing 69-53 entering the fourth quarter, the Mystics rallied to within five points at 72-67 on a 3-pointer by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 6:49 remaining. Obviously D.C.is a great team, and what they have going is going to be exciting for them in the future. "It really gave us that home court advantage. He didn't invite the last WNBA champions", she said. "So to end it this way, there's nothing better". One of the league's most decorated players also grasps the impact of her latest triumph.