Las Vegas Aces beat Connecticut Solar 85-71, take 2-0 series lead in WNBA Finals

Published:Mar 9, 202410:03

A’ja Wilson had 26 factors and 10 rebounds to guide the Las Vegas Aces to an 85-71 victory over the Connecticut Solar on Tuesday evening in Sport 2 of the WNBA Finals.

The Aces are actually one victory away from the franchise’s first championship with Sport 3 on Thursday in Connecticut. Las Vegas was swept within the 2008 Finals when the group was nonetheless in San Antonio. The Aces have been additionally swept in 2020.

Chelsea Grey added 21 for the Aces whereas Kelsey Plum rebounded from an terrible Sport 1 to attain 20 factors.

After being held to a season-low 67 factors in Sport 1, the Aces discovered their offensive prowess to hit 33 of 64 (51.6%) from the ground.

Connecticut, which completed 27 of 64 (42.2%) from the sector, had 4 gamers in double digits, led by Courtney Williams with 18.

Jonquel Jones additionally had a double-double with 16 factors and 11 rebounds, Alyssa Thomas completed with 13 factors.

Trying to set up an offensive presence early, each groups pushed the tempo early, buying and selling buckets to a 10-10 tie till the Aces seized momentum and used an 11-4 run to open a seven-point benefit. Las Vegas hit 55% (10 of 18) from the ground within the first quarter whereas the Solar struggled to a 35% clip, hitting simply 7 of 20.

The Aces continued to use offensive strain within the second, led by Plum, who contributed 11 within the quarter.

Connecticut was down 14 when coach Curt Miller went huge together with his lineup, and the Solar responded with a 12-4 run to chop their deficit to 6 earlier than a Wilson bucket offered the Aces with a 45-37 halftime lead.

However Las Vegas’ offensive stability continued into the third, with 5 completely different scorers serving to the Aces push the result in 14, outscoring Connecticut 23-17, taking a 68-54 lead into the ultimate interval.


The third quarter noticed each groups with bumps and bruises. Grey and Natisha Hiedeman left the sport with twisted ankles early within the third quarter. Grey went again to the locker room, however later returned. Jackie Younger suffered a busted lip. Williams left late within the third with what gave the impression to be a decrease leg damage. Hiedeman and Williams returned to start out the fourth quarter. Younger returned early within the ultimate interval.


Connecticut is 3-0 in elimination video games within the playoffs to this point this season.

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