Posts by Matthew Walter

Matthew Walter covers the Las Vegas Aces, the Pac-12 and the WCC for the Next. He is a former Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator at three different Division I women's basketball programs.

Las Vegas Aces forward Dearica Hamby (5) and Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum (10) kiss the championship trophy after winning the 2022 WNBA Championship series between the Las Vegas Aces and the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA on September 18, 2022. Photo Credit: Chris Poss

‘We have to be scrappers’: How Las Vegas captured the 2022 WNBA title

September 19, 2022

The Aces’ ‘buy-in factor… has been high’

How the Aces were out-toughed in a blowout Game 3 loss in Connecticut

September 16, 2022

The Aces will need to improve their mindset if they want to win their first WNBA championship

How paint dominance helped to give the Aces a 2-0 series lead

September 14, 2022

And why A’ja Wilson is the Finals MVP frontrunner

How Dearica Hamby’s 10 minutes helped the Aces defeat the Sun in Game 1

September 12, 2022

Despite barely playing in the semifinals, Dearica Hamby’s play in Game 1 of the 2022 WNBA Finals was the deciding factor in the Aces victory.

Las Vegas Aces guard Chelsea Gray dribbles the ball as Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins defends.

What will it take for the Las Vegas Aces to win their first WNBA championship?

September 10, 2022

Connecticut is all that stands between the Aces and a championship. What will it take for Las Vegas to defeat the Sun?

The Aces used multiple gritty performances to defeat the Storm and advance to the 2022 WNBA Finals

September 7, 2022

It was by no means easy but behind some tough performances the Aces were able to win two games in Seattle

Aces will need to both slow down and speed up if they want to even up semifinal series against Seattle

August 29, 2022

Las Vegas will need to learn from their mistakes of Game 1 if they want to win Game 2 against the Storm

Hammon wins 2022 WNBA Coach of the Year

August 26, 2022

The six-time WNBA All-Star adds a new form of hardware to her trophy case


What the Aces need to do to advance to their fourth straight WNBA semifinals

August 17, 2022

While Phoenix knocked Las Vegas out of last year’s playoffs this season’s opening round series has a much different feel to it

Las Vegas center A'ja Wilson holds the ball in front of her midsection and looks up towards the rim as she runs down from the free-throw line, as Washington Mystics big Elena Delle Donne tries to catch up from behind

How A’ja Wilson has put together another MVP-worthy campaign

August 15, 2022

The 2020 WNBA MVP has put together another incredible season deserving of multiple awards but she only wants one thing: a championship ring