The Las Vegas Aces have won their first WNBA championship, defeating the Connecticut Sun 78-71 in Sunday’s Game 4 to clinch the league title.
Chelsea Gray bounced back after a quiet Game 3 to lead the Aces with 20 points, shooting 69.2 percent from the field and draining two of her three 3-point attempts.
The star point guard added six rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block for a comprehensive performance, willing her side to the championship and earning herself WNBA Finals MVP honors.
Fueled by an All-Star snub, Gray had an emphatic postseason, averaging 21.7 points, seven assists and 3.2 rebounds through the Aces’ playoff run.
“When you got a point guard like Chelsea Gray, I ain’t even worried about a damn thing,” A’ja Wilson said of Gray after the game.
Chelsea Gray from deep 👌 pic.twitter.com/1WGDZjchbm— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) September 18, 2022
Chelsea Gray from deep 👌 pic.twitter.com/1WGDZjchbm
Chicago Sky star Candace Parker also applauded her former Los Angeles Sparks teammate.
“I knew… we all knew… now the world knows… #FinalsMVP,” Parker posted on her Instagram story.
Candace Parker on Instagram 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/zR5DMl0zyu— Claire Watkins (@ScoutRipley) September 18, 2022
Candace Parker on Instagram 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/zR5DMl0zyu
The Sun got off to a slow start in Game 4, with eight turnovers and just 35.5% shooting from the field in the first half.
The momentum, however, shifted just ahead of the break as Jonquel Jones got going late in the second quarter. The former WNBA MVP finished the contest with 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Connecticut deployed a physical game to hang tough with the Aces, but Riquna Williams got hot down the stretch for Las Vegas. Williams notched 17 points off the bench, including 11 in the final frame, and drained five shots from beyond the arc.
No big deal just Riquna Williams putting this fourth quarter on her back 🥶 pic.twitter.com/pUyzIOvfOA— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) September 18, 2022
No big deal just Riquna Williams putting this fourth quarter on her back 🥶 pic.twitter.com/pUyzIOvfOA
Alyssa Thomas recorded her second triple-double of the WNBA Finals, posting 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. The forward’s impressive outing, however, was not enough to lift Connecticut over a determined Las Vegas squad.
Five Aces players finished in the double figures, with Wilson contributing 11 points and 14 rebounds, Kelsey Plum adding 15 points and Jackie Young recording 13 points.