The Las Vegas Aces are the 2022 WNBA champions.
The franchise clinched its first title with a 78-71 win over the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday.
The No. 1 seed entering the playoffs, Las Vegas dominated the season from start to finish, led by rookie head coach Becky Hammon and MVP A’ja Wilson. Just Women’s Sports looks back to see just how good this Aces team was.
Las Vegas finished atop the Western Conference for the third year in a row. The third time proved the charm, as the team claimed its first-ever championship.
Of the five Aces starters, four averaged more than 10 points per game through the regular season: Kelsey Plum (20.2), A’ja Wilson (19.5), Jackie Young (15.9) and Chelsea Gray (13.7).
Dearica Hamby came close behind, averaging 9.3 points per game.
The Aces finished second in the league in 3-pointers made, with 9.5 per game. They made 343 total – more than double their total from last season (162), when the team finished 11th out of 12 teams.
Hammon placed an emphasis on the team improving their 3-point shooting, and it showed in the team’s high-octane offense.
Las Vegas matched the WNBA record for 3-pointers in a game back in May, posting 18 total, as Hammon got off to the best 10-game start of any coach in league history. She ended up taking home the Coach of the Year award.
The Aces won 26 games this season, the most in a season in franchise history.
Their .722 winning percentage is the third-best in franchise history behind the pandemic-shortened 2020 season (.818) and the 2021 season (.750).
Las Vegas finished the regular season averaging a league-high 88.3 points per game, helped by a league-leading field goal percentage of 48.7.
The team also finished second in rebounds per game (36.4), trailing only Connecticut, and third in blocks (4.4).