New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu used Steph Curry’s signature “night night” celebration after hitting a key 3-pointer in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.
When the Las Vegas Aces clinched the 3-1 series win over the Liberty in Game 4, Sydney Colson remembered.
As the Aces celebrated Wednesday’s 70-69 win and their second straight WNBA title, Colson shared a message with ESPN’s Holly Rowe and with the crowd at New York’s Barclays Center.
“People wanted to count us out because we had two of our starters down, but they don’t know we’ve got some dogs on this team,” Colson said. “So I’ve got two words to say: night night!”
Colson later clarified to reporters that Ionescu told her to “take her ass to the bench” earlier in the season. The 34-year-old Aces guard took issue with the trash-talking, tweeting on Wednesday that “if you play in my face and start being disrespectful, then ima match that energy.”
I don’t even talk trash and any teammate I ever had can attest to that. But if you play in my face and start being disrespectful, then ima match that energy FA SHOOO— Sydney Colson (@SydJColson) October 19, 2023
I don’t even talk trash and any teammate I ever had can attest to that. But if you play in my face and start being disrespectful, then ima match that energy FA SHOOO
As Colson mentioned, Las Vegas played the deciding game of the series without two of its five starters. Chelsea Gray and Kiah Stokes were sidelined with foot injuries sustained in Game 3, pushing Colson and Aces forward Cayla George into much bigger roles on Wednesday night.
Colson played 14 minutes off the bench, while George started in place of Stokes and matched her season high with 11 points in 30 minutes.
2x WNBA Champ @SydJColson says "NIGHT NIGHT" 😴#WNBAFinals | @YouTubeTV pic.twitter.com/O7OfsIm7Qn— WNBA (@WNBA) October 19, 2023
2x WNBA Champ @SydJColson says "NIGHT NIGHT" 😴#WNBAFinals | @YouTubeTV pic.twitter.com/O7OfsIm7Qn