Aces take Game 1 of the WNBA Finals against the Sun 67-64
Las Vegas- Aces' offense comes alive in the second half to take a 1-0 lead in the WNBA Finals against the Sun.
After a nail-biting series with the Seattle Storm, the Aces had another crack at it to finally get their first franchise championship, but they had to go through a team who is scrappy in the Connecticut Sun. After a long-fought series with the Chicago Sky, the Sun were once again the underdogs, playing on tired legs with only two days, if that of rest. Prior to Game 1 of the WNBA Finals' Sun's superstar DeWanna Bonner talked about appreciating the moment and realizing that this may be her last shot with chasing down another title. "I am not getting any younger and heading into the WNBA Finals have made me appreciate the moment. All season long, our team had so many obstacles that we had to overcome, but we kept fighting and now look at where we are at."
Game 1 of the WNBA Finals would prove to be one heck of a chest match between the teams. In the first half, Chelsea Gray was the key factor with helping the Aces build a double-digit lead against the Sun. At one point in the half, it seemed like the Aces was going to run the Sun off the court, but turnovers killed them. Las Vegas had seven turnovers that turned into 10 points for the Sun. Once a double-digit lead disappeared as the Aces went into half down by 38-34
The Aces had to fight tooth and nail to get back into rhythm in the second half. Las Vegas tried to use their speed to get easy buckets, but the length of the Sun was a lot to handle. One of the bright for the Aces' heading into the fourth was their advantage with getting to the free throw line. They were 13 out of 15 and had the lead. Aja Wilson started to take over the game on both sides of the floor. From blocking shots to scoring, Wilson was making sure that she was asserting herself in the game.
Wilson, Plum, and Chelsea Gray contributed to a 12-4 run late in the fourth to escape a trap game and pulled out the victory.
Wilson finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds