The Connecticut Sun erased an 11-point, fourth quarter deficit Thursday evening, outscoring Chicago 24-5 in the final period to advance to the WNBA Finals for the fourth time in franchise history. They will take on the Las Vegas Aces in the best-three-out-of-five series beginning Sunday, September 11 at 12 pm PT on ABC.
No WNBA team has repeated as champion since the Los Angeles Sparks did it in 2001-02, and the No. 3 seed Connecticut Sun ensured that cold streak would be extended Thursday night in historic fashion, using a 22-2 fourth-quarter run to knock off the No. 2 seed and defending champion Chicago Sky with a 72-63 victory in a winner take all Game 5 at Wintrust Arena.
The Sky controlled much of Thursday night’s game, outscoring the Sun by 18 points across the second and third quarters, holding Connecticut to just eight points in the third and leading by as many as 11 with 7:20 left in the game.
But the Sun roared back and asserted their will on both ends, closing the game on an 18-0 run to shock the Sky and the Wintrust crowd. Chicago, typically known for its fast offensive flow and balanced scoring capabilities, went scoreless for the final 4:46 of the game.
Winning is not easy. However, behind a lot of toughness and grittiness and a little Chelsea Gray magic, the Las Vegas Aces were able to defeat the Seattle Storm three games to one and advanced to the 2022 WNBA Finals. In what many believe to be one of the greatest all-time playoff series.
the Aces were able to gut out two wins on the road to seal the series. The Aces had the best road record in the WNBA and had to fight tooth and nail to steal the two from Seattle. They only won game three after some last-second incredible out of bounds plays to force overtime and needed some Gray clutch shots to seal game 4.
The Aces has a team full of stars. They have four All-Stars, the Coach of the Year, the Most Improved Player , MVP and the Defensive Player of the Year on their roster. But, even with all the star power, it was the little things the Aces did that helped them win this series. They hit timely shots whenever Seattle got any momentum. They got stops late in games when they needed them the most and they made clutch shots in every situation imaginable to win those two road games. They did all the things you see from championship teams and for a franchise that has never won a championship, that is a big deal.
The Aces are hosting games one, two and, if necessary, five. Games one and two are being held at Michelob ULTRA Arena, and tickets are selling quickly. Fans interested in attending any of the WNBA Finals games in Las Vegas should visit LasVegasAces.com.
Lets Go Aces!