WNBA Finals: Aces Escape Sun’s ‘Sludgy’ Defense to Win Game 1

Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon yells from the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Connecticut Sun in game one of the 2022 WNBA Finals at Michelob Ultra Arena.

Aces coach Becky Hammon employed a fiery halftime speech to help guide her team to a Game 1 win despite Las Vegas scoring a season-low 67 points.

LAS VEGAS — Aces coach Becky Hammon was prepared for the Sun to make the 2022 WNBA Finals a “sludgy” affair. She expected Connecticut to “muck the game up” and have it be a “slugfest,” and that in a series of contrasting styles her team had to find ways to be successful matching the physicality of what is very likely the league’s best frontcourt. Hammon’s team was able to do just that Sunday, as Las Vegas claimed Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, 67–64.

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