CHICAGO, IL (July 26, 2022)—The Las Vegas Aces led by as many as 23 points, and never trailed Tuesday evening as they won the 2022 Commissioner’s Cup Championship, 93-83, over the Chicago Sky.
First Quarter (Las Vegas 33, Chicago 14)
Las Vegas opened the game on a 13-0 run, making all five of its shots. Kelsey Plum went 3 for 3 from three-point range during the run. They eventually led by as many as 22 in the quarter, 27-5. Plum finished with 12 points in the period, as the Aces made 14 of 20 shots from the field, and turned 5 Chicago turnovers into 11 points. The Sky missed all 8 of their three-pointers in the quarter.
Second Quarter (Las Vegas 48, Chicago 34)
The Aces scored the first 4 points of the second stanza to increase their lead to 23, but the Sky countered with an 8-0 run of their own to slice the lead to 37-22 with 5:30 to go in the period. Candace Parker led all scorers with 10 points in the period.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 70, Chicago 60)
Las Vegas led by as many as 18 in the quarter, the last time coming with 7:40 remaining in the period, 56-38. Chicago went on a 10-0 run to slice the Aces’ advantage to 8, and got as close as 7 late in the quarter. Chicago made 52.4 percent of their field goal attempts in the quarter as Rebekah Gardner scored 8 points off the bench.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 93, Chicago 83)
The Sky cut the Aces’ lead to 9 on two occasions, but were never able to get closer. Candace Parker scored 10 points in the final stanza to lead all scorers.
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The Aces made 50.0 percent of their field goal attempts (37-74), while the Sky made 40.5 percent of theirs (32-79)
Las Vegas made 9 of 21 shots from three-point range, while the Sky connected on 6 of 30.
Chicago’s bench outscored the Aces bench, 16-6.
Kelsey Plum broke the Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game record for threes in a game in the first quarter, finishing with six, which would be a career-high, but this game doesn’t count like that. She also set Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game records with 24 points, and 6 assists.
A’ja Wilson grabbed 17 rebounds, which would be a career-high, but this game doesn’t count like that. It did set a Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game record though. And she set a CCCG record with 6 blocked shots.
Las Vegas’ 93 points set a CCCG record.
Let’s be honest. This is just the second-ever CCCG, so lots of records were probably set. Those are the main ones though.
The Aces remain on the road for the next five games beginning with a Friday, July 29 tilt in Indiana. Tip at Hinkle Fieldhouse is 4:00 pm PT