Connecticut Sun vs Dallas Wings
Round one of the 2022 WNBA playoffs ended Wednesday night with the Connecticut Sun sending the Dallas Wings home. In game three, the elimination game, the Sun understood the assignment win or go home. Connecticut pulled away in the third quarter. After being tied up at half time they went into the fourth quarter up 11.
Forward, DeWanna Bonner led all scorers with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jonquel Jones put up a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Natisha Hiedeman scored 11 points passing Angel McCoughtry to become the 10th player in WNBA history to reach 300 career field goals. The Sun continued to make history holding the Wings to a 24-point second half, a season-low point total. This is the first elimination game the Sun has won since 2004, getting past the first round. With a 73-58 final score and a seat in the semifinals was the end result for the 2019 championship runner-ups.
Chicago Sky vs. New York Liberty
Tuesday, August 23, the Chicago Sky sent the New York Liberty home. This game was the first time the Liberty hosted a playoff game at home since 2017, vs. the Washington Mystics in the second round of the playoffs. The amazing run of a young New York team ended with a fourth quarter domination by Allie Quigley putting the game away with a couple clutch threes. Quigley and Kahleah Cooper led the Sky with 15 points. Candace Parker and Courtney Vandersloot each ended with double-double’s. Parker had 14 points and 13 rebounds, Vandersloot had 14 points as well with 10 assists. With this win, Chicago marks four consecutive elimination game wins. The final score was 90-72 leaving the defending champions in the semifinals to face off of against the Connecticut Suns.
Playoff Format for Round Two
The results are in for round two! Four teams remain for the semifinals, the Las Vegas Aces, Seattle Storm, Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun.
The semifinals will be a best of five series unlike the first round which was best of three. The first two games will take place at the home arena of the higher seeds No.1 Aces and No. 2 Sky.
Game three and four will take place at the home of the lower seeds, No. 4 Storm and No 3. Sun.
Lastly, the final game if necessary will be back at the home of the higher seed, giving them the upper hand.
WNBA Semifinals Matchups
Round two of the 2022 WNBA playoffs takes off Sunday, August 28. Seattle Storm the No. 4 seed vs No. 1 seed Las Vegas Aces will premiere at 4 p.m on ESPN. Connecticut Sun the No. 3 seed vs No. 2 seed the Chicago Sky will premiere on ESPN 2 at 8 p.m.
The Aces and Storm met four times this year, the Aces lead 3-1 in regular season matchups between the two. This series is a must see, as the two MVP candidates will face off head to head. The Aces forward Aja Wilson and the Storm forward Breanna Stewart will be matched up throughout the series. This series is a rematch of the 2020 finals which ended with a championship for the Seattle Storm. WNBA fans are in for a show.
The Sky and Sun met four times as well. However, the Sky dominated the regular season matchups, winning all four games. The two faced off in the WNBA semifinals last year, ending with a 3-1 win for the Sky. Tune in Sunday at 8 p.m. to last year’s semifinals rematch and see if the Sun can defy the odds.