WNBA semis

September 07, 2022
The top-seeded Las Vegas Aces are the first team through to the WNBA finals.
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SOURCE: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED/TWITTER
SOURCE: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED/TWITTER

The GIST: Don’t bet against the house. The top-seeded Las Vegas Aces are the first team through to the WNBA finals. But the No. 3 Connecticut Sun refused to set at home, forcing a winner-take-all semis Game 5.

No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. 4 Seattle Storm: The Aces held the high card last night with a gritty 97–92 victory over the Storm. Seattle’s Breanna Stewart gave everything she had, scoring a record-setting 42 points, but it’s hard to win when Chelsea Gray does Chelsea Gray things, making WNBA playoff history with 31 points and 10 assists.

  • Sadly, as mentioned, the L also marked Sue Bird’s last WNBA game after a legendary run in Seattle. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened changed women’s sports forever.

No. 2 Chicago Sky vs. No. 3 Connecticut Sun: Connecticut played with fire in Game 4 en route to their 104–80 win. Courtney Williams and Alyssa Thomas brought the energy, while DeWanna Bonner put the “De” in defense, sneaking into fifth on the All-Time Playoffs rebounds list.

  • Another record-setter? Candace Parker, who became the first WNBA player to register 600 playoff rebounds.
  • But while she hauled in nine boards last night, the superstar was held to just 11 points. You can count on a bounce back in tomorrow’s must-win (and must-watch!) 8 p.m. ET Game 5.
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