2022 WNBA Finals
Las Vegas Aces Becky Hammon 3
Connecticut Sun Curt Miller 1
DatesSeptember 11–18
MVPChelsea Gray (Las Vegas Aces)
Hall of FamersCoaches:
Becky Hammon (2023, player)
Eastern FinalsConnecticut Sun defeated Chicago Sky 3–2
Western FinalsLas Vegas Aces defeated Seattle Storm 3–1
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The 2022 WNBA Finals, officially the WNBA Finals 2022 presented by YouTube TV for sponsorship reasons, was the best-of-five championship series for the 2022 season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The finals featured the first-seeded Las Vegas Aces facing off against the third-seeded Connecticut Sun.[1] The Aces defeated the Sun in 4 games, winning their first WNBA Championship. This was Las Vegas's third time making the finals, and the second time since moving to Vegas. They previously competed in the Finals in 2008 and 2020. This was Connecticut's fourth time making the finals. They previously competed in 2004, 2005, and 2019.[2]

The Aces won the finals three games to one to claim their first championship in franchise history. Head coach Becky Hammon became the first rookie head coach to win the WNBA Title. In the WNBA's Inaugural Finals, Van Chancellor was a rookie to the WNBA, but had coached in college for nineteen years before winning the WNBA title.[3] Alyssa Thomas recorded the first WNBA Finals triple-double in Game Three.[4] She recorded the second in Finals history in Game Four.[5]

Road to the Finals


# W L PCT GB Conf. Home Road Cup
1 xLas Vegas Aces 26 10 .722 15–3 13–5 13–5 9–1
2 xChicago Sky 26 10 .722 15–3 14–4 12–6 9–1
3 xConnecticut Sun 25 11 .694 1.0 11–7 13–5 12–6 5–5
4 xSeattle Storm 22 14 .611 4.0 10–8 13–5 9–9 6–4
5 xWashington Mystics 22 14 .611 4.0 11–7 12–6 10–8 5–5
6 xDallas Wings 18 18 .500 8.0 8–10 8–10 10–8 5–5
7 xNew York Liberty 16 20 .444 10.0 10–8 9–9 7–11 6–4
8 xPhoenix Mercury 15 21 .417 11.0 7–11 11–7 4–14 3–7
9 eMinnesota Lynx 14 22 .389 12.0 8–10 7–11 7–11 4–6
10 eAtlanta Dream 14 22 .389 12.0 5–13 8–10 6–12 3–7
11 eLos Angeles Sparks 13 23 .361 13.0 6–12 7–11 6–12 3–7
12 eIndiana Fever 5 31 .139 21.0 2–16 3–15 2–16 2–8


Main article: 2022 WNBA Playoffs

Round One:
1 Las Vegas Aces 2
8 Phoenix Mercury 0
1 Las Vegas Aces 3
4 Seattle Storm 1
4 Seattle Storm 2
5 Washington Mystics 0
1 Las Vegas Aces 3
3 Connecticut Sun 1
2 Chicago Sky 2
7 New York Liberty 1
2 Chicago Sky 2
3 Connecticut Sun 3
3 Connecticut Sun 2
6 Dallas Wings 1

Bold Series winner In November 2021, the WNBA Board of Governors formalized a new playoff system that will structure the 2022 playoffs onward. The new playoff format scraps the single-elimination games of the first two rounds in favor of a best-of-3 quarterfinal round. As a result, all eight playoff teams, seeded according to overall regular season record regardless of conference (1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5), will begin postseason play in the first round. Since 2016, seeds 3 and 4 received a bye to the second round (single game) and seeds 1 and 2 received a bye to the semifinals (best-of-5). In the first round series, the higher seeded team will host games 1 and 2, and the lower seeded team will host game 3 if necessary. In the semifinal round, no reseeding will take place, which means the winners of the 1 vs. 8 series will be paired with the winner of the 4 vs. 5 series as will the winners of the 2 vs. 7 and 3 vs. 6 series. The semifinal and final rounds will remain best-of-5 series in which the higher seeded team hosts games 1, 2 and (if necessary) 5 while the lower seeded team hosts games 3 and (if necessary) 4.[6]

The Las Vegas Aces qualified for the finals after finishing first in the regular season standings. They defeated the Phoenix Mercury 2–0 in the first round and the Seattle Storm 3–1 in the second round. This was the Ace's first appearance in the finals since 2020.

The Connecticut Sun qualified for the finals after finishing third in the regular season standings. They defeated the Dallas Wings 2–1 in the first round and the defending champions Chicago Sky 3–2 in the second round. This was the Sun's first appearance in the finals since 2019.

The Aces had an extra two days of rest coming into the finals, as their Semifinal series ended on September 6, but the Sun had to play a fifth game in their series on September 8. The Sun have had to play two additional games in their first two playoff rounds. The teams played three times in the regular season, with Las Vegas winning two of the games.


Game 1

Las Vegas hosted Game One and the Aces used the home court to their advantage in the first quarter to win 25–17. However, the Sun came back and dominated the second quarter, winning 21–9. The Sun entered halftime with a four-point lead on the road. The Aces came roaring out of halftime and won the third quarter 21–15, and held a two-point lead going into the final quarter. In a low scoring fourth quarter, Las Vegas prevailed 12–11 and won Game One by three points. The Aces had three players score in double figures and were led by A'ja Wilson. Wilson recorded a double-double with twenty-four points and eleven rebounds. Chelsea Gray scored twenty-one points and Jackie Young scored eleven. The Sun had four players score in double figures and were led by Alyssa Thomas. Thomas posted her sixth double-double of the playoffs with nineteen points and eleven rebounds. Jonquel Jones scored fifteen points, Brionna Jones added twelve, and Natisha Hiedeman rounded out the double-digit scorers with ten.

September 11
3:00 p.m.
#1 Las Vegas Aces 67, #3 Connecticut Sun 64
Scoring by quarter: 25–17, 9–21, 21–15, 12–11
Pts: A'ja Wilson (24)
Rebs: A'ja Wilson (11)
Asts: Chelsea Gray (3)
Pts: Alyssa Thomas (19)
Rebs: Alyssa Thomas (11)
Asts: DeWanna Bonner
Alyssa Thomas (5)
Michelob Ultra Arena
Attendance: 10,135
Referees: Eric Brewton, Tiara Cruse, Dannica Mosher, Randy Richardson

Game 2

The Aces continued their winning ways in quarter one of Game 2 by winning 23–15. The Sun stabilized in the second quarter and finished tied at 22 with the Aces. That let the Aces take an eight-point lead into halftime. The Aces came out strong and won the third quarter 23–17, extending their lead to fourteen points. The fourth quarter finished tied at 17, and the Aces won the game comfortably. The Aces took a two to zero lead in the series. The 0–2 deficit does not bode well for Connecticut as no team that has dropped the first two games of a WNBA playoff series has gone on to win the series.[7]

The Aces had three players score in double digits, and all scored twenty or more points. They were led by A'ja Wilson who scored twenty six points and had ten rebounds to record her second double-double of the Finals. Chelsea Gray added twenty one points and Kelsey Plum scored twenty points. The Sun had four players score in double digits, and were led by Courtney Williams who scored eighteen points. Jonquel Jones recorded a double-double with sixteen points and eleven rebounds. Alyssa Thomas scored thirteen points and Brionna Jones added twelve points from the bench.

September 13
9:00 p.m.
#1 Las Vegas Aces 85, #3 Connecticut Sun 71
Scoring by quarter: 23–15, 22–22, 23–17, 17–17
Pts: A'ja Wilson (26)
Rebs: A'ja Wilson (10)
Asts: Chelsea Gray (8)
Pts: Courtney Williams (18)
Rebs: Jonquel Jones (11)
Asts: Courtney Williams (5)
Michelob Ultra Arena
Attendance: 10,211
Referees: Roy Gulbeyan, Tim Greene, Cheryl Flores, Dannica Mosher

Game 3

Connecticut came out strong on their home court in the first quarter of Game Three and won the quarter 34–19. Las Vegas made a slight recovery and won the second quarter 23–19, which left Connecticut's lead at eleven points heading into half time. Las Vegas won quarter three 27–24 to cut the lead to eight points. However, Connecticut dominated the fourth quarter 28–7 and won Game Three by twenty-nine points. The Sun had six players score in double digits and were led by Alyssa Thomas. Thomas scored a triple-double with sixteen points, fifteen rebounds, and eleven assists. It was Thomas' third triple-double of the season and the first triple-double scored in the WNBA Finals.[8] Jonquel Jones lead the team in scoring with twenty points. DeWanna Bonner added eighteen points, Natisha Hiedeman scored fourteen, DiJonai Carrington scored twelve points from the bench, and Courtney Williams added eleven. The Aces had four players score in double figures and were led by Jackie Young with twenty-two points. A'ja Wilson scored nineteen points, Kelsey Plum added seventeen, and Chelsea Gray scored eleven.

September 15
9:00 p.m.
#3 Connecticut Sun 105, #1 Las Vegas Aces 76
Scoring by quarter: 34–19, 19–23, 24–27, 28–7
Pts: Jonquel Jones (20)
Rebs: Alyssa Thomas (15)
Asts: Alyssa Thomas (11)
Pts: Jackie Young (22)
Rebs: Kiah Stokes (7)
Asts: Chelsea Gray (11)
Mohegan Sun Arena
Attendance: 8,745
Referees: Amy Bonner, Maj Forsberg, Isaac Barnett

Game 4

Game Four started out with Las Vegas holding a slight edge as they won the first quarter 16–12. The second quarter as also a low-scoring, close quarter with Connecticut coming out on top 16–14. Las Vegas took a two-point lead into halftime and slightly expanded on it in the third quarter, which they won 23–21. The game was back-and-forth in the fourth quarter, with Connecticut leading with as little as two minutes left in the game. However, Las Vegas scored the final eight points of the game, and won the fourth quarter 25–22 to win the game by six points. They won the series three games to one.

Las Vegas had five players score in double digits, and the highest scorer was Chelsea Gray with twenty. Riquna Williams scored seventeen points, Kelsey Plum scored fifteen, Jackie Young scored thirteen points, and A'ja Wilson scored eleven points. Wilson also grabbed fourteen rebounds to record her third double-double of the finals. The Sun also had five players score in double digits, led by Courtney Williams who scored seventeen points. Jonquel Jones scored thirteen points, DeWanna Bonner scored twelve and Brionna Jones and Alyssa Thomas both scored eleven points. Thomas' recorded a triple-double by adding ten rebounds and eleven assists. This was only the second triple-double in WNBA Finals history, after Thomas' in Game Three.[9]

September 18
4:00 p.m.
#3 Connecticut Sun 71, #1 Las Vegas Aces 78
Scoring by quarter: 12–16, 16–14, 21–23, 22–25
Pts: Courtney Williams (17)
Rebs: Alyssa Thomas (10)
Asts: Alyssa Thomas (11)
Pts: Chelsea Gray (20)
Rebs: A'ja Wilson (14)
Asts: Jackie Young (8)
Mohegan Sun Arena
Attendance: 9,652
Referees: Eric Brewton, Tim Greene, Tiara Cruse

Team rosters

2022 Las Vegas Aces roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
F 1 United States Bell, Kierstan 6' 1" (1.85m) 176 lb (80kg) 03-16-2000 Florida Gulf Coast R
G 51 United States Colson, Sydney 5' 8" (1.73m) 140 lb (64kg) 1989-08-06 Texas A&M 7
G 12 United States Gray, Chelsea 5' 11" (1.8m) 170 lb (77kg) 1992-10-08 Duke 7
F 5 United States Hamby, Dearica 6' 3" (1.91m) 189 lb (86kg) 1993-11-06 Wake Forest 7
F 55 United States Plaisance, Theresa 6' 5" (1.96m) 200 lb (91kg) 1992-05-18 LSU 8
G 10 United States Plum, Kelsey 5' 8" (1.73m) 145 lb (66kg) 1994-08-24 Washington 4
C 21 France Rupert, Iliana 6' 4" (1.93m) 189 lb (86kg) 07-12-2001 France R
G 4 United States Sheppard, Aisha 5' 9" (1.75m) 145 lb (66kg) 1993-03-30 Virginia Tech R
C 41 United States Stokes, Kiah 6' 3" (1.91m) 191 lb (87kg) 1993-03-30 Connecticut 6
G 2 United States Williams, Riquna 5' 6" (1.68m) 165 lb (75kg) 1990-05-28 Miami (FL) 9
F 22 United States Wilson, A'ja 6' 4" (1.93m) 195 lb (88kg) 1996-08-08 South Carolina 4
G 0 United States Young, Jackie 6' 0" (1.83m) 165 lb (75kg) 1997-09-16 Notre Dame 3
Head coach
United States Becky Hammon (Colorado State)
Assistant coaches
United States Natalie Nakase (UCLA)
United States Tyler Marsh (Birmingham–Southern)
United States Charlene Thomas-Swinson (Auburn)
Athletic trainer
United States Michelle Anumba (Duke

  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured


Pos. Starter Bench
C Kiah Stokes Iliana Rupert
PF A'ja Wilson Dearica Hamby
Theresa Plaisance
SF Jackie Young Kierstan Bell
SG Kelsey Plum Riquna Williams
Aisha Sheppard
PG Chelsea Gray Sydney Colson
2022 Connecticut Sun roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
G/F 24 North Macedonia Bonner, DeWanna 6' 4" (1.93m) 143 lb (65kg) 1987-08-21 Auburn 12
G/F 21 United States Carrington, DiJonai 5' 11" (1.8m) 175 lb (79kg) 1998-01-08 Baylor 1
G 11 United States Clouden, Nia 5' 9" (1.75m) 142 lb (64kg) 05-17-2000 Michigan State R
G 14 United States Hartley, Bria Injured 5' 9" (1.75m) 148 lb (67kg) 09-30-1992 Connecticut 8
G 2 United States Hiedeman, Natisha 5' 8" (1.73m) 135 lb (61kg) 1997-02-10 Marquette 3
F 8 United States Holmes, Joyner 6' 3" (1.91m) 210 lb (95kg) 1998-02-22 Texas 2
F 42 United States Jones, Brionna 6' 3" (1.91m) 230 lb (104kg) 1995-12-18 Maryland 5
F 35 Bosnia and Herzegovina Jones, Jonquel 6' 6" (1.98m) 190 lb (86kg) 1994-01-05 George Washington 5
G 1 United States Sims, Odyssey 5' 8" (1.73m) 155 lb (70kg) 07-13-1992 Baylor 8
F 25 United States Thomas, Alyssa 6' 2" (1.88m) 185 lb (84kg) 1992-04-12 Maryland 8
G 5 United States Thomas, Jasmine Injured 5' 9" (1.75m) 143 lb (65kg) 1989-09-30 Duke 11
G 10 United States Williams, Courtney 5' 8" (1.73m) 133 lb (60kg) 1994-05-11 South Florida 6
Head coach
United States Curt Miller (Baldwin Wallace)
Assistant coaches
United States Brandi Poole (Sewanee)
United States Chris Koclanes
Athletic trainer
United States Nicole Alexander
Strength and conditioning coach
United States Analisse Rios

  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench
C Jonquel Jones Brionna Jones
PF Alyssa Thomas Joyner Holmes
SF DeWanna Bonner DiJonai Carrington
SG Courtney Williams Nia Clouden
Bria Hartley
PG Natisha Hiedeman Odyssey Sims
Jasmine Thomas


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