Las Vegas Aces vs. Connecticut Sun: Highlights and live updates from Game 4 of the WNBA Finals – On Her Turf | NBC Sports

  • September 18, 2022

The Las Vegas Aces won the 2022 WNBA Championship on Sunday, winning the best-of-five series against the Connecticut Sun, 3-1. It marks the first WNBA title in franchise history for the Aces.
On Her Turf provided live updates during Game 4. See below to relive how the decisive game at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, unfolded.
10:00 Q4: It could all come down to this. The Aces, up 53-49, are 10 minutes away from their first WNBA title. But anyone counting out Connecticut hasn’t watched this team play this season.
7:01 Q4: DeWanna Bonner with a HUGE three-pointer. Connecticut still trails, but only by three (60-57).
6:25 Q4: And Brionna Jones makes it a one-point game. She’s three-for-three from the floor this afternoon.
6:05 Q4: And another huge three-pointer, this one from the Las Vegas Aces and Kelsey Plum.
3:46 Q4: DeWanna Bonner makes three free throws in a row after getting fouled by Kelsey Plum.
2:22 Q4: Courtney Williams puts the Sun into the lead, 69-67. Connecticut on an 8-0 run.
1:39 Q4: Riquna Williams of the Aces with two huge three-pointers, back-to-back. Las Vegas leads 73-71.
0:53: AND ANOTHER ONE FROM RIQUNA WILLIAMS (video embedded below). Williams, in her second season with the Aces, is having a huge impact in the final moments of this game. She averaged just 6.7 points per game during the regular season.
You so crazy Riquna this is tuffff
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0:48 4Q: OOF. Connecticut’s chances just got a whole lot tougher as DeWanna Bonner turns the ball over on an inbound. 2022 WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson just grabs the ball out of the air and makes it look easy.
0:18: The Connecticut Sun, normally so even keeled, looking very frantic in these final moments. You can feel their championship hopes slipping away.
0:00 Q4: THE LAS VEGAS ACES ARE THE 2022 WNBA CHAMPIONS. Final score: 78-71.
While digging into the archives the other day, I found this headline from a March 1999 edition of the Denver Post. Maybe, after all these years, people will finally stop underestimating Becky Hammon.
March 9, 1999. From the @denverpost archives.
Two months after this headline, @BeckyHammon would go undrafted in the 1999 #WNBA draft.@OnHerTurf | #WNBAFinals pic.twitter.com/X2z8ZMcNIr
— Alex Azzi (@AlexAzziNBC) September 15, 2022

8:41 Q3: Back-to-back three-pointers. First from Chelsea Gray of the Aces… then Natisha Hiedeman of the Sun responds on the next play.
6:40 Q3: Does this half feel like a different game to anyone else? So much more offensive momentum than in the first half.
Every player for the @LVAces gets a touch on this possession 🙌
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0:00 Q3: At the end of the third quarter, Las Vegas leads 53-49.
A couple key stats to keep in mind…
7:37 Q2: And the Aces aren’t letting the Sun get any momentum. 2022 WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson makes it 23-15.
6:50 Q2: And a double technical foul is assessed to the Sun’s Natisha Hiedeman and the Aces’ Kelsey Plum. Plum fouled Hiedeman, who responded with a shove.
5:28 Q2: Courtney Williams gets Connecticut back on the board, ending a run by the Aces (video below). She’s the only Sun player to score so far this quarter.
This @CourtMWilliams jumper ends a 9-0 Las Vegas run 👌
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2:47 Q2: Jonquel Jones!! Great block, denying A’ja Wilson (video below). Jones, the 2021 WNBA MVP, has *checks notes* ZERO POINTS so far today?!
.@jus242 said get that outta here 🚫
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2:19 Q2: Scratch that! Jonquel Jones gets her first points of the game, earning a free throw along the way. Aces lead 25-20.
1:21 Q2: And the Sun are back in this thing! (How many times have we said that during this year’s WNBA Playoffs?? Too many to count.) DeWanna Bonner ties it up, 25-25.
0:00 Q2: At the end of the half, it’s a two-point game. Las Vegas leads 30-28.
10:00 Q1: Quick refresher: After going 0-2 in Las Vegas, the Sun kept their championship hopes alive with a dominant performance at home on Thursday. Alyssa Thomas recorded the first ever triple-double in WNBA Finals history, scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists.
9:30 Q1: The Connecticut Sun get on the board first thanks to DeWanna Bonner.
5:11 Q1: Chelsea Gray is doing her thing. She’s got five points so far, with the Aces leading 13-6. And then she runs into Sun coach Curt Miller, who is trying to call a timeout.
Quick refresher: Gray averaged 13.7 points per game during the regular season. During the WNBA Playoffs, though? 21.9 points per game.
2:41 1Q: Riquna Williams with a three-pointer (video below). The Las Vegas Aces on a 12-0 run, currently leading 16-6.
Splashhhh 🌊
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1:12 Q1: Ugh. DeWanna Bonner goes down. She’s getting checked out by medical staff as Connecticut takes a time out. On a replay, it appears she is elbowed in the stomach by Chelsea Gray.
0:46 Q1: And the Sun have turned it around. Alyssa Thomas cuts the Aces’ lead to four points (16-12).
“The mindset is to make sure that we come out aggressively. We have to have that same energy, or even better than last game. They’re (Aces) going to give us their best shot. They don’t want it to go to five games, and we do. Both teams are going to be playing really hard basketball, really tough basketball and we have to make sure that we’re affecting the game in the ways we need to come up with a W.”
“Contain Chelsea Gray and A’ja (Wilson). I think they are the head of the snake over there and we have to do our best to try and contain them.”
“Confident in who we are. Knowing that we’re going to do better this time coming out, on both ends, make some adjustments and get right to it. And compete and try and win a title.”
“It’s something that you dream of as a little girl, something you work for your whole life and I’m just excited for the opportunity. We have one more game to get the job done and it starts on the defensive end for us.”
The 2022 WNBA Finals featuring the Las Vegas Aces vs. the Connecticut Sun are in full swing. The Las Vegas Aces lead the series 2-1 and could clinch the WNBA title as soon as this afternoon.

LIVE UPDATES: WNBA Finals Game 4

See below for On Her Turf’s guide to the 2022 WNBA Playoffs, which includes a complete TV schedule, details on how to watch, results from previous rounds, and info on the new playoff format. This guide will continue to be updated throughout the 2022 WNBA Playoffs so bookmark this page and check back for updates.
Note: Games marked with an asterisk (*) are if necessary
 
A new format is in use for the 2022 WNBA Playoffs.
In a change from the previous playoff format, all eight teams will participate in a best-of-three first round. The bracket will be seeded with the No. 1 team playing against the No. 8 team, and so on. The higher ranked team will host the first two games in the series. The lower ranked team will host the third game in the series (if necessary).
The four winners of the best-of-three series will move on to a best-of-five semifinal round. Teams will not be reseeded following the first round. As in years past, the higher ranked team will host games 1, 2, and 5 (if necessary), while the lower ranked team will host games 3 and 4 (if necessary).
The two winning teams from the semifinal round will play in a best-of-five WNBA Finals series, which will use the same host format as the semifinal round.
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OL Reign head coach Laura Harvey can’t imagine a better advertisement for the NWSL than this weekend’s slate of games. The top eight teams are currently separated by seven points and they’re all playing each other.
“You couldn’t write a better script than that,” said Harvey. “I mean, the Premier League would die for that. They would put it on Sky Sports and it would be on every channel.”
Each NWSL team has 3-4 remaining regular season games and there is a lot at stake. Six teams will qualify for the 2022 NWSL Playoffs, with the top two teams receiving a bye to the semifinal round. Of the 12 teams in the league, 10 are still in the running for a playoff berth.
Then add in the fact that the No. 3 San Diego Wave have sold all 32,000 tickets for Saturday’s match against No. 7 Angel City FC at Snapdragon Stadium. That game is expected to shatter the NWSL single game attendance record of 25,218, set by the Portland Thorns in 2019.
Also on Saturday, the No. 5 Chicago Red Stars will host the No. 4 Houston Dash, while the No. 6 OL Reign travel to the No. 8 North Carolina Courage. With so many teams in the running, clinching scenarios and probabilities are in constant flux.
“At this point, every game is crucial, every point is crucial and so we just have this mindset that we’re going to win out these last few games,” said OL Reign forward Bethany Balcer.
Then on Sunday, the top two teams in the league — the Kansas City Current and Portland Thorns — will meet at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
Harvey, the winningest NWSL head coach in history, hasn’t ever been a part of such a close end-of-season race.
“I think the reason there’s a dramatic difference this year is because there’s no runaway leader. I think that is a different dynamic…” she said. “There is so much parity across the league.”
“It is the most cliche answer, but it’s true in this league: on any given day, any given team can win,” echoed Portland Thorns head coach Rhian Wilkinson. “Watching the table is not a helpful thing to do. We just take care of ourselves and our business and that’s all we can control. Everything else is just the NWSL: It’s going to play out as it plays out.”
See below for the full NWSL weekend schedule for Sept. 17-18, as well as the current league table.
Standings as of Friday, September 16, 2022: 
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