The San Antonio Spurs have long since earned every benefit of the doubt in terms of the wisdom of their moves, so when they hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, it’s not like many people dismissed it as some sort of callow publicity stunt. Nevertheless, Hammon took another big step toward justifying the team’s faith in her Monday, as she led a group of young and aspiring NBA players to the Las Vegas Summer League title.

The Spurs defeated their Suns counterparts, 93-90, to win the Las Vegas league. Hammon took over coaching duties of the squad when it came there, after it had also participated in the NBA’s other summer league in Orlando.

Already the first female full-time assistant coach of a team in a major U.S. sport, Hammon continued to make history as a head coach of an NBA summer league team. She also continued to impress her players, many of whom had only recently come under her tutelage.

“I really love [Hammon], and I’ve only known her a couple days,” said Spurs guard  Jonathan Simmons (via the Associated Press), who was named championship game MVP after scoring 23 points. “She’s a real cool coach. She’s a player coach. That’s something we all like.”

“It was a grind,” Hammon told the AP. “They’ve been together for 17 days. They really started to jell the last two or three games. They listened and they played really hard for me. I just really appreciate their attentiveness and alertness. They were tired but they fought through.”

The players gave Hammon a Gatorade shower in the locker room after their win. She predicted to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated that Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich would tell her “to get a big glass of wine and enjoy it.”

“You never know what your journey has in store,” Hammon told Golliver. “You just work hard and keep your nose to the grind. You do things the right way, you treat people the right way, and good things happen. … I’m just thankful that [Popovich] trusted me with the guys in that locker room, and that those guys trusted me back.”