A’ja Wilson tallied 23 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks as the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the seventh-seeded Connecticut Sun 66-63 in the decisive Game 5 of their semifinal series.
Las Vegas will face the Seattle Storm in the WNBA Finals, while the Seattle Storm reached the Finals for the second time in three years after sweeping the Minnesota Lynx in their semifinal series.
This Finals appearance is the first for the Aces since their move from San Antonio to Las Vegas in 2018, and the franchise’s first Finals appearance since 2008.
A standout performance from league MVP Wilson, who made nine free throws in the final period, including four straight to turn the game in favor of the Aces, ensured their victory.
Angel McCoughtry also played a vital role for Las Vegas, contributing 20 points, three assists, and three steals.
Despite shooting at just 35.5 percent, the Aces managed to win with solid defense, forcing 15 turnovers and holding Connecticut to 36.6 percent shooting overall.
Wilson’s strong presence was evident, as she played a key role in Las Vegas’s 13-0 third-quarter run, securing their lead.
The Sun fought back, with Alyssa Thomas leading their offensive efforts and ending the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Ultimately, the Aces secured their place in the Finals, marking a significant milestone for the franchise.
The Sun’s early lead was not enough to hold off the Aces, and the game ended with Las Vegas securing their place in the Finals with a 66-63 victory.
Las Vegas will now prepare to face the Seattle Storm in the best-of-five finals series, commencing on Friday.
–Field Level Media
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