COMING UP ACES
2022-09-18 · 3 min read · WNBA/Basketball
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Las Vegas clinches first WNBA Championship with victory over Connecticut.
Throughout the WNBA season, the Las Vegas Aces have been the team to beat, and in the end, no one could do it, as they claimed their first title with a 78-71 victory over the Connecticut Sun, winning the series 3-1.
Chelsea Gray named the Finals MVP, led the way for Vegas on Sunday, scoring 20 points with six assists and five rebounds.
The 5’11” guard and four-time WNBA all-star was clutch throughout the postseason for the Aces, averaging 18.3 points per game (PPG) plus six assists per game as she claimed her second title after being a member of the Los Angeles Sparks team that won the title in 2016.
Regular season MVP A’ja Wilson added 11 points in the victory and was a monster on the glass with 14 rebounds plus an assist.
With the victory, former San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon became the first coach to win in her inaugural season at the helm if you do not include Van Chancellor, who led the Houston Comets to the championship in the first WNBA season in 1997.
Only five rookie head coaches in the NBA have won a league title in their first season in the past 60 years, with the last being the Raptors’ Nick Nurse in 2018-19.
The Vegas franchise was originally the Utah Starzz in 97 before moving to San Antonio in 2003 and relocating to the strip in 2018.
This victory will help wipe away a frustrating end to their previous playoff campaign when they were the top seed in the Western Conference but lost in the Semifinals to the Phoenix Mercury three games to two.
By: Joel Lefevre