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Dallas Wings end their season against the Aces

By PassThaBall, 10/01/23, 4:00PM PDT


Jackie Young

Satou Sabally

Kelsey Plum

The reigning champions, the Aces, managed to keep the Wings from scoring for almost five minutes in the fourth quarter, securing a 64-61 victory and completing a clean 3-0 sweep at the College Park Center. Arike Ogunbowale's last-second attempt to tie the game fell short.

A'ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces, the defending WNBA champions, have once again secured their spot in the finals, marking their third appearance in four seasons with a gritty performance. Despite facing robust defensive attention that prevented Wilson from achieving her fourth consecutive 30-point game, the Dallas Wings couldn't thwart the Aces' advancement toward a chance at back-to-back titles.

Wilson contributed with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the five-time All-Star delivered a critical layup to tie the game just as the Aces embarked on an 11-point scoring streak to close out the contest with a 64-61 victory on Friday night. This win completed a decisive three-game semifinal sweep. Despite averaging a postseason-best 91.8 points in their first four games, the Aces posted their lowest point total in a winning effort all season. The only time they scored fewer points was during a 99-61 loss to New York on August 6, a team they will face in the WNBA Finals commencing on October 8 in Las Vegas.

Arike Ogunbowale, who ended the game with a game-high 18 points, attempted a game-tying 3-pointer as time expired after Dallas had the opportunity to call a timeout and set up one final play. Prior to Ogunbowale's last chance, the Wings missed nine consecutive shots, failing to secure a second opportunity on any of them.