In a game that’s sure to go down as one of the greatest games in the history of the WNBA, the Las Vegas Aces beat the Seattle Storm 110-98 in overtime on Sunday in Seattle. The Aces now lead the best 3-of-5 series 2-1 and can advance to the WNBA Finals with a win tonight.
Led by WNBA Defensive Player of the Year A’ja Wilson, the Aces controlled the first half as Wilson fired in 20 points. Vegas led 48-40 at halftime.
Seattle mounted a second half comeback behind their All-Star forward Breanna Stewart with help from WNBA legend Sue Bird. The Storm led 89-85 with 11 seconds left in the game and it didn’t look good for Vegas. Riquina Williams drilled a three pointer to pull the Aces within one. Vegas then fouled Tina Charles right away and amazingly she missed both free throws. With 2.9 seconds left, Wilson hit a spinning layup for Vegas to give the Aces a one point lead but Sue Bird calmly nailed a three pointer from the corner with 0.8 seconds left that sent the crowd at Climate Pledge Arena into a frenzy.
WNBA Coach of the Year Becky Hammon drew up a play for the Aces however that worked to perfection as Jackie Young sprang free under the basket and made a layup as time expired to send the game into overtime.
From there it was all Vegas as they blitzed the shocked Storm with an 18-6 overtime run.
A’ja Wilson played the entire game and set another playoff career high with 34 points. She added 11 rebounds. Teammate Chelsea Gray was clutch as usual, pumping in 29 points and dishing out 12 assists.
Game four is tonight in Seattle at 7pm.