Breanna Stewart scored nine of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Storm held off the Washington Mystics 75-73 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals.
Wilson received all 39 votes from a national panel of journalists and broadcasters and will be presented with her award by league president Lisa Borders at George Washington University in Washington on Monday night ahead of Team USA’s exhibition game against Japan.
The Seattle Storm and Washington Mystics kick off the WNBA Finals on Friday night.
The Aces will pick first overall in the 2019 WNBA draft. The draft order was determined Tuesday during the WNBA draft lottery.
WNBA salaries top out at $110,000 while EuroLeague salaries start at around $100,000. Star players can earn perhaps hundreds of thousands more.
Aces players officially concluded their seasons Tuesday with exit interviews opposite coach Bill Laimbeer and assistant coaches Vickie Johnson and Kelly Raimon at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Aces center A’ja Wilson was the unanimous choice to win the Associated Press WNBA Rookie of the Year award, the AP announced Tuesday.
As the final seconds of their inaugural season filtered through the hourglass and the clock around Flavor Flav’s neck, it occurred that the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces had lasted longer than the Las Vegas Posse of the Canadian Football League.
Wilson concluded a stellar rookie season with 21 points and seven rebounds against the Dream on Sunday afternoon. She averaged 20.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and scored in double figures in all 33 games this season to eclipse Candace Parker for the second-most consecutive such games to start a career.
The Aces closed out their first campaign in front of the 5,737 on hand for Fan Appreciation Day at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday afternoon.