had been the MVP frontrunners for most of this season. The length of the Storm's defence helped Stewart win the first game, which Seattle went on to win on the road. We were all treated
to one of the greatest W playoff duels ever as Wilson's Aces held off Stewart's Storm in a nail-biting Game 2 to even the series at 1-1. Due to Wilson's early assertiveness, the Aces were careful
to feed her in order to prevent a repeat of Game 1's quiet night. This led to a back-and-forth opening period. After establishing a 16-13 lead, the Aces went cold, and Stewart led the Storm on a run
that gave them a seven-point advantage heading into halftime. Stewart had a monster first quarter, scoring eight points while getting absolutely no resistance from the Aces' defense.
Wilson and Stewart continued their battle throughout the second quarter. The Aces' small-ball formation opened up the paint for A'ja, and when the Storm sent in more of their own smaller players
to help, Wilson was able to just jump over them and score. In contrast, the Storm were led by Stewart, who scored 16 points by halftime, despite the Aces' efforts to close the gap and force a draw
(36-36) at the break. In addition to Wilson, the Aces benefited greatly from the performance of Chelsea Gray, who has been the most outstanding player for Vegas across both games, scoring 19 points,
dishing out seven assists, and pulling down seven rebounds. Tina Charles scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to help the Storm, but after a huge Game 1, Jewell Loyd stayed silent
and Sue Bird was a non-factor, scoring for much of the game, leaving the whole scoring responsibility on the frontcourt, which couldn't quite keep up with a resurgent Aces attack.