GAME RECAP: Aces Move One Game Closer To WNBA Finals With Epic 110-98 Overtime Win

SUEATTLE, WA (September 4, 2022)—A’ja Wilson (34 points, 11 rebounds) and Chelsea Gray (29 points, 12 assists) were the steady performers, while Riquna Williams and Jackie Young chipped in with clutch shots down the stretch, as the Las Vegas Aces moved to within a game of the WNBA Finals with a 110-98 overtime victory over the Seattle Storm. Las Vegas leads the best-three-out-of-five Semifinals series, two games to one.

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First Quarter (Las Vegas 28, Sueattle 20)

Las Vegas led 9-7, and scored 9 straight over a two-minute stretch to push the advantage to 11. A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 11 points and added 4 rebounds, as the Aces made 61.1 percent of their field goal attempts. The Storm forced Las Vegas into 3 turnovers, which they flipped into 6 points.

Second Quarter (Las Vegas 48, Sueattle 40)

The Storm scored the first bucket of the second quarter, but the Aces netted the next 8, to go up 14, 36-22. Las Vegas would lead by as many as 15 in the period, but the Storm scored the final 6 points before intermission. A’ja Wilson scored 9 points in the second, while the Aces held Breanna Stewart scoreless. The Storm committed 4 turnovers in the quarter, which Las Vegas turned into 7 points.

Third Quarter (Las Vegas 68, Sueattle 64)

The Storm scored 16 of the first 20 points coming out of the break to take their first lead of the game. The Aces made four three-pointers down the stretch to go back on top. Sueattle made 62.5 percent of its shots in the third.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 92, Sueattle 92)

Sueattle sliced the Aces advantage to one on three occasions, before tying the score at 78 with 4:15 on the clock, and taking the lead, 81-78 with 2:51 to go on a Stephanie Talbot three-pointer. The teams traded baskets over the next several possessions, but Sueattle went up 4 with 11.3 seconds to go on a pair of Jewell Loyd free throws. Riquna Williams drained a three with 10.2 seconds remaining, and Tina Charles missed a pair of free throws three seconds later. A’ja Wilson’s driving layup with 2.9 seconds on the clock out the Aces up one, but Sue Bird seemed to clinch the game for the Storm with a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds to go. Jackie Young sprung free on the Aces’ next possession, and her layup sent the game to overtime. A’ja Wilson scored 10 points for Las Vegas while the Stephanie Talbot scored 12 points off the bench for Seattle.

First Overtime (Las Vegas 110, Sueattle 98)

The Aces outscored the Storm 18-6 in the overtime period, making 7 of 10 shots from the field, and 3 of 5 from three-point range.


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The Aces outscored the Storm 18-6 in the overtime period, making 7 of 10 shots from the field, and 3 of 5 from three-point range.

Las Vegas out-rebounded Sueattle 46-31.

The Aces made 52.4 percent of their field goal attempts, while the Storm made 48.1 percent of theirs.

Las Vegas outscored Sueattle 52-42 in the paint.


A’ja Wilson became the first person to play all 45 minutes of a single overtime game since Deanna Nolan did it for the Detroit Shock on September 21, 2008 against Indiana.

A’ja Wilson became just the third player to record back-to-back 30+ point performances in the postseason (Breanna Stewart, Angel McCoughtry).

A’ja Wilson’s 14 made field goals were one off the WNBA postseason record of 15 held by four players.

A’ja Wilson scored a career playoff-high 34 points.

Chelsea Gray became the third player in WNBA postseason history to score at least 25 points while handing out 10 or more assists (29 points, 12 assists). The other two are Cappie Pondexter (26 points, 10 assists, Sept. 16, 2007 for Phoenix vs. Detroit in the WNBA Finals) and Diana Taurasi (26 points, 12 rebounds, August 21, 2028 for Phoenix vs. Dallas in the First Round)

Chelsea Gray shot 12 for 21 from the field, and is now 44 for 69 in the playoffs this season (.638). That would be the second highest field goal percentage ever in the postseason for a player with at least 50 attempts should she maintain it (Candice Dupree, 2014, Phoenix,  66.3%).

Chelsea Gray is also making 62.1 percent of her three-point field goal attempts in the postseason this year, which would be the highest percentage in a postseason for any player taking at least 25 attempts should she maintain it (Emma Meesseman, 2018, Washington, 58.1%).

The Aces are the first team in WNBA history to score 110 or more points in two postseason games during the same playoffs.


The Aces and Storm play Game Four of their best-three-out-of-five Semifinals series on Tuesday, September 6. Tip on ESPN2 is 7 pm PT.