The competition within the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) regular season is set, with the two finalists for the Commissioners Cup competition determined this week.
The Las Vegas Aces will face the Chicago Sky on July 26 for a shot at the $500,000 prize pool for the winner of the trophy, currently in its second year.
The Aces clinched their place in the final first, with a perfect 8-0 record in Cup play so far.
“I do love that there’s extra incentive for the players,” Aces head coach Becky Hammon told reporters. “Anytime the league can throw a little bit of extra cash the players’ way, I’m all for it.”
Chicago couldn’t clinch their place in the final outright in a loss to Indiana on Sunday, but Connecticut’s same-day loss to the Mystics lent the reigning champs an assist.
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Chicago qualified for the final with an 8-1 record, having gone undefeated in Cup play until falling to the Fever 89-87.
“It’s tough after you drop one like tonight,” Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot said after the game.
“This was a big one where we could’ve stayed undefeated. We’re talking hosting, those type of things, and those were the things that we were trying to strive for, and we let one get away tonight. But we are still clinched and we’re looking forward to that. But we’ve got to get a lot better if we want to compete in that game.”
The Aces knocked Chicago out of the playoffs in 2019, and Las Vegas’ Western Conference Finals stumble in 2021 possibly paved the way for the Sky’s first WNBA title.
These are two of the best teams in the league.
They’ve got history, and real money is on the line. The Commissioners Cup matters to players and coaches alike, and when both teams take a matchup this personally, fans win.
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