The second annual WNBA Commissioner’s Cup had all the hype of a playoff atmosphere, and it did not disappoint. It was a matchup featuring two teams that have been giving the league nothing but trouble all season long. In the end, the Las Vegas Aces took down the Chicago Sky by a score of 93-83.
It was all Vegas coming out the gate, as the Aces owned the lead from start to finish. The visitors jumped out to a 33-14 lead in the first quarter. Kelsey Plum led the way with 12 points and two assists in the frame.
Plum finished the night with 24 points thanks to six made three-pointers. She also dished out six assists and collected two steals.
The Aces’ fast-paced offense overpowered the Sky. Vegas knocked down 50% of their shots from the floor and 42.9% from behind the arc.
On the other end, the Sky did have some impressive runs in the second and third quarters to help trim the lead. Kahleah Copper sparked a third-quarter rally that cut Vegas’s lead to eight. However, Chicago could not keep those runs alive long enough to stay in the game. Copper finished her night with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Aces’ star A’ja Wilson dominated all night, picking up 17 points, 17 boards, and six blocks. Wilson was one of four Vegas starters to score more than 15 points.
Chelsea Gray earned WNBA Commissioner’s Cup MVP honors after scoring 19 points and sinking eight of her 15 shots. She picked up four rebounds and five assists.
“They’re a good team,” said Sky head coach James Wade. “I don’t know if they did anything to cause us to play the way we did. They’re coached great. They definitely deserve the Commissioner’s Cup.”
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago Sky host the New York Liberty on Friday, July 29, which will be the final regular-season meeting between the two teams. In their most recent matchup, the Liberty had their way as the Sky were on short rest in the second game of back-to-back contests.
Friday’s game will air on CBS Sports Network and CW 26.
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