Las Vegas Aces were led by MVP A’ja Wilson’s 24 points brilliance and 11 rebounds in collaboration with Chelsea Gray who claimed 21 points and three assists. Las Vegas Aces claimed their first WNBA Finals victory in the history of the franchise as they fought well for 67-64 over Connecticut Sun.
Wilson reported to the media: “Coming from being swept and actually getting one. Pretty happy about this one. Not going to dwell on it long as we have a tough Game 2 coming up.
In front of a record 10,135 spectators, Las Vegas got off to an aggressive start. The Aces came out strong and quickly built a 21-9 lead thanks to Wilson, Gray, and Young’s combined 21 goals. But after that early attack from the Aces, the Sun, who loves to muddle the game, was able to maintain their position. Connecticut got the boost needed to go on a 19-7 run and establish its first lead in the second quarter thanks to offensive rebounds and baskets in the paint. The league’s best scoring offense, the Aces, managed just nine points in the second quarter, finishing with 67 points overall—23 lower than their regular-season average.
Connecticut Sun displayed a challenging game
However, Connecticut showed no symptoms of collapse after defeating the defending champion Chicago in a five-game semifinal series. They launched a comeback in the second quarter to close the half four points ahead as the Aces shot just 3 for 15.
Alyssa Thomas led Sun with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jonquel Jones contributed 15 points, and Brionna Jones came off with 12 points.
In response, the Aces outplayed them 13-3 in the third quarter as Hamby provided an immediate spark to the Aces. Hamby grabbed three rebounds with two key boards on the offensive, two assists and a steal. With the likes of Hamby, the Aces made a quick turnaround to convert a six-point deficit into a two-point lead in the final quarter.
Connecticut Sun weren’t happy with the results but were satisfied with the way they played Game 2 up next Tuesday night.