The Connecticut Sun entered Thursday night on the brink of elimination, but they pulled off a 105-76 win against the Las Vegas Aces in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals to stay alive.
Alyssa Thomas helped power the Sun to victory with the first triple-double in WNBA Finals history.
She finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists, becoming the only player to record three triple-doubles in a single season. Those three triple-doubles are also the most recent three recorded in the WNBA — the others came on July 22 and Aug. 2.
The Aces won the first two games of the series in Las Vegas, but the Sun turned the tables on their own home court at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Alyssa Thomas has recorded the first triple-double in #WNBAFinals history. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/NlFw0ybzDV— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) September 16, 2022
Alyssa Thomas has recorded the first triple-double in #WNBAFinals history. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/NlFw0ybzDV
Connecticut led by as many as 23 points in the first half, helped by 60% shooting from the field and 75% from 3-point range.
But Las Vegas went on a 17-5 run in the last three minutes to pull within 11 points at halftime. Kelsey Plum capped the Aces’ run with a 41-point 3-pointer at the buzzer to narrow the Sun’s lead to 53-42 heading into the break.
Plum at the buzzer to end the half ‼️pic.twitter.com/x2Y99HV804— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) September 16, 2022
Plum at the buzzer to end the half ‼️pic.twitter.com/x2Y99HV804
No team in WNBA history has recovered from a 2-0 deficit in a five-game series in WNBA history, but the Sun will attempt to become the first. They’ll look to continue their comeback in Game 4 at 4 p.m. ET Sunday.
If necessary, Game 5 would tip off at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday back in Las Vegas.