Aces capture their first title in franchise history
Las Vegas- The Aces have defeated the Sun to capture their first championship 78-71
After a wakeup call in Game 3, the Aces knew that they had to close out the series in Game 4 or face a winner take all game on Tuesday. The Aces got their engine rolling on a 18-8 run in the first seven minutes and held the Sun on a scoring drought for four minutes. However, costly turnovers got the Sun back in a game, as they went on a 10-2 run to close out the quarter.
The intensity and physicality picked up for both teams. The second quarter was a quarter filled with runs. Each time the Aces would go on a 10-2 run, the Sun would answer back. Late into the quarter, the Aces' offense was met with some very hard-hitting blocks by Jonquel Jones, which stopped easy buckets at the rim. Once a double-digit lead turned into the Aces clinging to a 30-28 lead at the end of the half.
At the start of the second half, Aja Wilson only had seven points. If Las Vegas wanted to get the W, they needed her to be aggressive. Wilson had a difficult time getting the ball to go through the net, but she was a factor defensively. Wilson had a couple key blocks that stopped the Sun from scoring. and put Jones into foul trouble by going at her. Coming down the stretch, Las Vegas had costly mistakes that had them clinging and searching for an answer to close out the game against the fighting Sun.
Riquna Williams was the star in the last two minutes of regulation. Williams hit three consecutive 3-pointers to keep Connecticut at bay. Kelsey Plum hit a mid-range jumper to put the Sun to bed and captured their first championship