Kelsey Plum scored 12 of her 24 points in the first quarter and the Las Vegas Aces raced to an early 23-point lead then held on for a 93-83 victory over the Chicago Sky in the second-ever WNBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Chelsea Gray had 19 points and earned the MVP of the game. Plum, who won the All-Star MVP in Chicago a few weeks ago, hit six of her nine 3-point attempts. A’ja Wilson had 17 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks, while Jackie Young finished with 18 for the Aces.
Candace Parker led Chicago with 20 points, and Kahleah Copper and Emma Meesseman each added 18. Defending WNBA champion Sky closed to within seven points at the end of the third quarter, but lost the second straight game for the first time this season.
The Aces outscored the Sky 33-14 in the first quarter. Chicago and Las Vegas finished as the top teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences with 9-1 records in the Commissioner’s Cup in-season tournament.
The Sky (21-7) and Aces (20-8) also are the top two teams in the WNBA regular season standings and have secured playoff spots.