The WNBA Semifinals are here and we are more stoked! The matchups have been set and are currently being played, and well just many women sports fans we are loving every single moment of it. After increasing its viewership to 16% from last season’s 548,000 viewers, the WNBA brand is only expected to grow more as this postseason comes alongs. (via Sports Media Watch)
Look below to see the results of the past matchups and the upcoming matchups.
#1 Las Vegas Aces vs. #2 Seattle Storm
Game 1: Seattle 76 @ LV Aces 73 – Michelob ULTRA Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Players to Highlight
G Breanna Stewart (Storm): 24 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
G Jewell Loyd (Storm): 26 points, 0 rebounds, 4 assists
G Kelsey Plum (LV Aces): 20 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
G Chelsea Gray (LV Aces): 21 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists
Game 2: LV Aces 78 – Seattle 73 Michelob ULTRA Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Players to Highlight
G Breanna Stewart (Storm): 32 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
C Tina Charles (Storm): 17 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assists
F A’ja Wilson (LV Aces): 33 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assists
G Chelsea Gray (LV Aces): 19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists
G Kelsey Plum (LV Aces): 18 points, 3 rebounds, 0 assists
Game 3: LV Aces @ Seattle Storm – Climate Pledge Arena (Seattle, Washington)
The Storm will host the Aces this Sunday at 4PM ET. You can watch the game on ESPN/ESPN2 as tip off is at 3:30 PM ET.
Here’s what to expect:
Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, and the 4x WNBA champions the Seattle Storm will look to gain an advantage as they will be hosting both games 4 and 5 in their home court. You can expect them to use being home to their advantage as their fans will of course be erupting with noise and chants in Climate Pledge to frustrate the visitors the Aces.
Expect Seattle to come out shooting and swinging for the fences, along with being aggressive on defense to slow down the pace of shooting guards Kelsey Plum and Chelsea Gray who will be looking to run as far away with game early to keep the moment with them and the Aces. Look out for the Storm to do whatever it takes to close out the series as they will if they are to win both games 4 and 5 of this 5 game series.
Las Vegas Aces
A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, and Chelsea Gray will look to gain the advantage as their backs are against the wall regardless of them winning game 2 at home in Las Vegas as they know they are heading into what many will call “enemy territory.”
With all of this being said, you can expect to of course have a game plan to neutralized Storms’s shooting guard and future WNBA hall of fame player Sue Bird who is playing in her WNBA series as she confirmed that she is retiring at the end of this season, whenever that will for the Storm who’s looking to win their fifth WNBA title and become the first ever team in the WNBA to do so.
You can also expect them to attempt to slow down Breanna Stewart, who’s been giving their defense problems and to have a game plan to neutralized center Tina Charles who’s clearly their X-factor defensively.
With WNBA’s Coach of the Year newly hired her coach Becky Hammon leading the way, do not count out the Aces to close out this series and to advance to the WNBA finals for first time under Hammon with an attempt to capture their first ever WNBA Finals championship.
Just so you know we have a witness, ESPN‘s Cindy Robinson was a special guest on The Micbomb last week as she shared her thoughts on the matchups within the WNBA semifinals and who’s her pick to win it all.
On the podcast she stated “I am a west coast girl, so you know I gotta go with the Aces to win it all. I am rooting for them and for Becky Hammon as I feel it’s their time to win it all. I see nobody slowing down all of them down and they’re going to be too much for anyone to overcome.”
Of course she is representing the west coast and is picking the Aces to take it this season. Are you?