The Aces went 18-4 in the regular season to earn the No. 1 seed for the playoffs, where they defeated Connecticut in the semifinals before losing to Seattle in the finals.
Breanna Stewart scored 26 points as the Seattle Storm won their second WNBA championship in three years and fourth overall with a 92-59 win over the Aces on Tuesday.
The Aces find themselves in a 2-0 hole to the Storm in the WNBA Finals, but coach Bill Laimbeer’s competitiveness won’t allow them to quit.
After receiving a psychological assist from Seattle’s Sue Bird in the WNBA semifinals, Angel McCoughtry and the Aces are being deluged by the real kind by the Storm.
The Aces shot 52 percent, but couldn’t slow a Seattle team that hit 57.1 percent and had three players score at least 21 points in a 104-91 win Sunday in the WNBA Finals.
The Seattle Storm played faster than the Aces and outscored them 48-18 in the paint Friday in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, mostly off transition opportunities.
Breanna Stewart had 37 points and 15 rebounds, and Sue Bird set a playoff record with 16 assists as the Seattle Storm pulled away for a 93-80 win in Bradenton, Florida.
The Aces have reached the WNBA Finals in their third year in Las Vegas after faring no better than 8-26 in their final three years in San Antonio.
Las Vegas Aces star Liz Cambage, who opted out of the WNBA season because of COVID-19 concerns, talked about her personal life in an interview with Playboy.
The Aces face a deciding Game 5 against the Sun and hope to avoid being the first No. 1 seed in the current playoff format to not reach the WNBA Finals.
Aces forward Angel McCoughtry scored 16 of her 29 points in the third quarter, and the Aces beat the Sun 84-75 to force Game 5 in the WNBA semifinals.
The Aces admit they’ve been uptight in their three playoff games, and that has resulted in a 2-1 deficit against the Connecticut Sun in their WNBA semifinal series.
The Connecticut Sun closed Thursday’s WNBA playoff semifinal game with a 20-4 run to defeat the Aces 77-68 and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.