A’ja Wilson had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Las Vegas Aces to an 85-71 win over the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night in game 2 of the WNBA final.
The Aces are now one win away from the franchise’s first championship with Game 3 on Thursday in Connecticut. Las Vegas was eliminated in the 2008 Finals while the team was still in San Antonio, as well as in 2020.
Chelsea Gray, who added 21 points, said: ”It’s going to take away every bit of everyone. ”You can see the stats, it’s the toughness, it’s the little things that will get it done. We’ve been a good laner this year. So we can also win on the road. ”
Kelsey Plum recovered from a bad Game 1 to score 20 points.
” Around the time I joined the party. They brought us all week. It’s good to hit some scenes, but we have one more,” said Plum.
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After being held to the lowest 67 points of the season in game 1, the Aces found their offensive power reaching 33 out of 64 (51.6%) from the floor.
Connecticut, who finished 27 of 64 (42.2%) from the field, had four players in double digits, led by Courtney Williams with 18.
Jonquel Jones also had a brace with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Alyssa Thomas finished with 13 points.
Looking to set up an early attack, both teams sped up, trading skewed with a 10-10 draw until the Aces picked up momentum and used 11-4 to open their advantage. seven points. Las Vegas hit 55% (10 out of 18) of the floor price in the first quarter while the Sun struggled to hit 35%, reaching only 7/20.
The Aces continued to pressurize offensively into the second inning, led by Plum, who contributed 11 in the quarter.
Connecticut took a 14-point drop as coach Curt Miller bolstered his roster, and The Sun responded with a 12-4 run to cut their deficit to six before a Wilson bucket helped the Aces. 45-37 lead at halftime.
“Coming into my position, my teammates are putting me in a situation where I feel comfortable,” Wilson said.
But Las Vegas’ offensive balance continued into the third inning, with five different scorers helping the Aces push their lead to 14, overtaking Connecticut 23-17, leading 68-54 in the final inning.
“We felt as if we were playing catch all night because we couldn’t chain consecutive stops together,” said Connecticut coach Curt Miller. ”Trying to keep this powerful attack from going off-beat and tonight we struggled to do that. ”