Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, September 30, 2015

It's going to be tough to top Stephanie White's first season as a WNBA coach.

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The former Purdue star and current Indiana Fever head coach guided her team to the WNBA Eastern Conference crown Tuesday night, becoming the first rookie coach to lead a team to the finals.

White's Fever topped the New York Liberty, 66-51, in the winner-take-all Game 3 to advance to the best-of-7 WNBA Finals vs. the Minnesota Lynx, starting Sunday afternoon.

The 1999 Big Ten Player of the Year and leader of the 1999 Purdue national championship team can deliver a pretty strong pregame speech, too. Check out what she told the Fever before Game 3 in the tweet above.

White has one former Big Ten player on her roster, in 2013 and 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year Maggie Lucas (Penn State), plus a pair of former Maryland Terrapins (Lynetta Kizer and Marissa Coleman). The trio will battle Shae Kelly and Lindsay Whalen, both former Minnesota players, in the finals.