Aja Wilson makes playoff history

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Aja Wilson made WNBA history.

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Yesterday, Wilson led her Las Vegas Aces team to the franchise’s fifth consecutive WNBA playoff semifinal, but in doing so, she put on a historic performance for the Las Vegas crowd.

Aja Wilson set a new Las Vegas franchise record for points in a playoff game, dropping 38 points on 65% shooting from the field in her team’s final victory over the Chicago Sky. She also became the third player in WNBA history to put together a 35-point, 15-rebound performance in the postseason.

He finished the night with 38 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 steals and an assist while shooting 65% from the floor and 80% from the free throw line.

It was another MVP-type performance for Wilson, who is one of two realistic candidates to win the 2023 award, along with New York Liberty star Breanna Stewart. The two best players in the league are also on the two best teams in the league, seeds No. 1 and No. 2 in the postseason, meaning WNBA fans could witness the two face off in the NBA Finals. WNBA next month.

Before that happens, however, the Aces will face the winner of the Dallas Wings and Atlanta Dream (Dallas currently leads 1-0 in the best-of-three series). The Liberty are up 1-0 over the Washington Mystics, and the winner of that series will face the emerging victor of the 1-1 series between the Minnesota Lynx and Connecticut Sun.

Other postseason South Carolina basketball alumni include star Allisha Gray (Atlanta Dream), Laeticia Amihere (Atlanta Dream), Ty Harris (Connecticut Sun), Tiffany Mitchell (Minnesota Lynx) and Wilson’s teammate, Alaina Coates (Las Vegas Aces). .

Gray, Harris, Mitchell and Coates also played with Wilson at South Carolina, and Harris, Gray and Coates were on the Gamecocks’ national championship team in the 2016-2017 season.


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