August 29, 2022 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Who needs home court? Storm and Sun both start the WNBA semifinals with road wins

Alex and Jackie discuss Game One of the WNBA semifinals that ended in road wins for Seattle and Connecticut

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Alex Simon and Jackie Powell of The Next and Bleacher Report. Alex and Jackie break down the opening games of the WNBA semifinals, where the Seattle Storm won at the Las Vegas Aces and the Connecticut Sun beat the defending champion Chicago Sky.

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Jackie talks about what she anticipated for Game One of the WNBA semifinals, the Seattle Storm vs. Las Vegas Aces:

“So I was expecting obviously the matchup of the series was Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson and I was expecting that the two of them would cancel each other out. That is not what happened at all. Seattle, denying A’ja so that she only got 10 shots, shot three for 10 from the field, eight points and three assists and 12 rebounds. But I mean 10 shots for one of the two that are the top two folks in the MVP race. I mean, that’s not what I expected.”

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Alex talks about the Aces core and how much of a leader Chelsea Gray is:

“Well, it is worth pointing out, by the way, that of the five Aces who start that they have made very much a part of their core, Chelsea Gray, the only one who has won a title; the other four have all been drafted and developed by the Aces. But this Aces franchise has been one of two that have been close, but no cigar franchises and haven’t cracked through to win a title in recent years. But Chelsea did back when she was with the Los Angeles Sparks; she’s the one veteran around that Dearica Hamby, A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young quartet that has all been drafted by the Aces and developed.

And you can see in these moments that she is very comfortable taking them over. And perhaps maybe to the point, her teammates are very comfortable letting her take over.”

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