WNBA Finals: Sun dominate Aces to stay alive

Published September 16, 2022, 11:30 AMYoyo Sarmenta

The Sun, behind Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas, earned a huge Game 3 victory to extend the WNBA Finals series.


Sun 105, Aces 76 (LVA leads 2-1)

What went down

The Connecticut Sun kept their season alive and forced a Game 4 following a dominant 105-76 beatdown on the visiting Las Vegas Aces. 

Six Connecticut players reached double figures with Jonquel Jones leading the way with 20 points and Alyssa Thomas who had a triple-double of 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists. 

The first quarter set the tone for a dominant outing for the Sun. They scored 34 points in the first 10 minutes of play – the most points they scored in any quarter this postseason (via ESPN Stats & Info) as they took a 34-19 advantage. Inversely, it was also the most points the Aces have given up in these playoffs. 

The Sun also made a significant defensive adjustment, putting 6-foot-4 DeWanna Bonner on Chelsea Gray. In addition, they also blitzed Gray every time she asked for a pick-and-roll which forced the Aces guard to give up the ball constantly. Gray finished with just 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting. 

Jackie Young led the Vegas offense with 22 points, including five shots from downtown. League MVP A’ja Wilson finished with 19 points. 

Big-time baller

Alyssa Thomas recorded the first-ever triple-double in WNBA Finals history. She had a stat line of 16-15-11 to help her team get the victory. Her two steals and block were also testaments to her all-around game. She is also just the third player in league history to notch a triple-double in the postseason. 

Thomas was so locked in she didn't even realize she made history. 

What he said 

Sun head coach Curt Miller had high praise for Alyssa Thomas. 

Did you see that? 

The 2022 All-WNBA First and Second teams were recently announced with MVP A’Ja Wilson and runner-up Breanna Stewart headlining. This was also the first time in league history that the All-WNBA teams went positionless.