Wilson is the ‘Ace in the Hole’

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Donovan Lee, Assistant Sports Editor

A’ja Wilson was named the WNBA MVP, and deservingly so. She and LV Aces have been on a hot streak through the bubble this season. Since being drafted first overall by the Aces in 2018, Wilson has built on the momentum she and the Lady Gamecocks of South Carolina created under head coach and former WNBA player Dawn Staley. Wilson is used to racking up the hardware as she has claimed an NCAA national championship, which was the first in South Carolina women’s hoops history, won a record three consecutive SEC Player of the Year awards, and was the unanimous National Player of the Year in her final collegiate season.

Wilson finished off the 2020 regular season averaging 20 points per game, grabbing a career-high 8.5 boards a game, and leading the league in blocks averaging 2.0 per game. Although the Aces were “counted out” as A’ja said in her acceptance speech, there are bigger trophies at stake as the Aces’ title hopes are still alive as they progress through the playoffs.

 

However, not far in front, the defending champ Seattle Storm is looking for a double-up as they claim the 1 seed heading into the Playoffs. Wilson, WNBA Coach of the Year Cheryl Reeves, and Rookie of the Year Crystal Dangerfield and the rest of the Aces squad will look to rebound from a Game 1 loss in the WNBA Semifinals against the Connecticut Sun, who have also put together a competitive season themselves. Congratulations to A’ja and best wishes on chasing that ring!