Aces cash in with their first WNBA title, topping the Sun in four games

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Forty-five minutes before Game 4 of the WNBA Finals, the only players on the court at Mohegan Sun Arena were MVPs. A’ja Wilson silently went through her

pregame routine without a smile or chitchat with staff. Jonquel Jones had a similar process on the opposite end of the court. It was all business for two of the best

players in the world before the Las Vegas Aces looked to claim the first WNBA championship in franchise history and the Connecticut Sun sought a Game 5. Wilson and the rest of the

Aces made sure that the latter didn’t happen, slamming the door shut on the road Sunday afternoon to snatch the trophy with a 78-71 victory. Wilson and Jones are MVPs,

but Sunday’s most timely difference-maker turned out to be Riquna Williams, who single-handedly accounted for an 8-2 Aces run down the stretch by burying a pair of three-pointers

before hitting a step-back jumper for a 75-71 lead with 53.2 seconds to go. After the third basket, she turned upcourt and sprinted with her arms out like an airplane. The Sun did

not score again. Aces guard Chelsea Gray had a game-high 20 points. Kelsey Plum finished with 15, Jackie Young added 13, and Wilson posted 11 points and 14 rebounds. The

Aces, led by first-year coach Becky Hammon, became the second team in WNBA history to have multiple players — Wilson and Gray — score more than 200 points in a single postseason.

Life after basketball in the WNBA can go further than coaching The Sun’s Alyssa Thomas recorded a triple-double for the second consecutive game with 11 points, 10 rebounds

and 11 assists. Courtney Williams finished with 17 points, and Jones had 13.