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October 4, 2023

We have a brand new WNBA champion, as the Las Vegas Aces won the first title in franchise history on Sunday.

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The Aces defeated the Sun 78-71 in a tense Game 4 to close out the Finals series.
Las Vegas set the tone early in a bounce-back performance from Game 3, in which Connecticut outscored the Aces 34-19 in the first quarter.

The Aces ended the first quarter up 16-12 thanks as much to their defense as their offense.
Connecticut came right back later in the first half to go into halftime down 30-28.

The Sun were getting the game that they wanted as the second half began.

Alyssa Thomas made more history with her second Finals triple-double, finishing the game with 11 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Jonquel Jones had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Courtney Williams led her team with 17 points as well as six rebounds.


Las Vegas’ defensive intensity never let up, and they got the shots they needed down the stretch.

Chelsea Gray led all scorers with 20 points, six assists, and five rebounds, capping a stellar playoffs with the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
A’ja Wilson recorded yet another playoff double-double, contributing 11 points and 14 assists.

Riquna Williams also hit two crucial 3-pointers down the stretch to keep the Aces ahead as Connecticut pushed for an answer.

Investment, coaching, and player talent came together this year to give Las Vegas the league’s best regular-season record and the trophy at the end of it.

This is only the Aces’ first championship, but it feels like it could be the beginning of a dynasty with head coach Becky Hammon at the helm.


When Chelsea Gray and Candace Parker split from the L.A. Sparks after the 2020 season, they both swore they were creating new opportunities for themselves.

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Parker won a second ring in 2021, and Gray wrote her own name into history, winning her second title and first Finals MVP award on Sunday.
Despite Las Vegas’ success throughout the regular season, Gray was not selected as a WNBA All-Star in 2022.

She more than made up for the snub in the postseason, leading Las Vegas in scoring throughout the playoffs and shooting 67% on contested shots as the Aces built an important 2-0 series lead.
She averaged 21.7 points, seven assists, and 3.2 rebounds through the Aces’ playoff run.
​​“When you got a point guard like Chelsea Gray, I ain’t even worried about a damn thing,” A’ja Wilson said after Game 4.
Outside of her teammates, no one was quicker to congratulate Gray than Parker.

“I knew… we all knew… now the world knows… #FinalsMVP,” Parker posted on her Instagram story.

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