The Las Vegas Aces are back-to-back WNBA champions
The GIST: The No. 1 Las Vegas Aces ended the season the same way they started it: on top. The reigning champs defeated the No. 2 NY Liberty 70–69 in Wednesday’s Game 4, becoming the first team to go back-to-back since the LA Sparks did it in 2002.
- To celebrate this historically excellent season, here’s a quick recap, by the numbers.
889K: Average number of viewers who tuned in to Wednesday’s electric finale, making this the most-watched WNBA Finals in 20 years. “Build it and they will come?” More like, “Stream it in primetime and they will watch.”
40: The number of regular-season games each squad played this year, the longest WNBA regular-season on record. Exhausted just thinking about it.
13: The total number of WNBA teams come 2025 — for now. An expansion squad partnered with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors will tip off in the Bay Area in just two years, plus, a 14th WNBA franchise is in the works.
$25K: The steep fine the runner-up Libs are facing after declining to speak to the media after Wednesday’s loss. Sabrina Ionescu, Jonquel Jones, and Betnijah Laney will all face additional $2K fines for saying no to individual interview requests.
2: Someone please find her a wagon, because the aforementioned Wilson walked away with two trophies on Wednesday: the ’ship and the Finals MVP award. Just six seasons into her W career, Wilson’s already a five-time All-Star, two-time champ, two-time league MVP, and now a Finals MVP. “Signature shoe coming!”