Well, we can put the brooms back in the closet, there won’t be a sweep this year in the WNBA Finals.
The Las Vegas Aces lost game 3 of the WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun 105 – 76 inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. After a strong first couple of minutes from the Aces, the Sun responded taking a 34 -19 lead into the second quarter. That lead continued to grow throughout the game.
However, the Aces were able to cut it to 77 – 69 heading to the fourth, but the Sun were able to pull away once again. Guard Jackie Young finished with a game-high 22 points, while MVP center A’ja Wilson had 19 points and 4 rebounds in the game.
Center Jonquel Jones led the way for the Sun with 20 points, while forward Alyssa Thomas put up a triple-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists.
They had outscored the Connecticut Sun, 58-32, in the opening period of the first two games, a number that Sun Coach Curt Miller was well aware of. Before Thursday’s Game 3, Miller said he would “love” for the Sun to have an explosive start and force the Aces to take a timeout.
It went the other way. An animated and furious Miller sprinted onto the court just over two minutes into the game as the Aces took a quick 9-2 lead.
The Sun responded to the quick timeout with a 32-10 run, closing the first quarter with 34 points a W.N.B.A. finals record and a 19 point lead as their screaming fans were on their feet, swinging white towels.
The Sun went on to defeat the Aces, 105-76, and now trail the Aces, two games to one, in the best of five series. Jonquel Jones led the way for the Sun with 20 points and 5 rebounds, and Alyssa Thomas added the first triple double in finals history with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists.
No team has ever come back from a 2-0 lead in the WNBA finals, but the Sun has high hopes of being the first. The Aces are not worried, in fact in the post game interview A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young took full responsibility for lacking the needed energy to win. A’ja Wilson promised the energy from the Aces would be different on Sunday. Lets Go Aces!