The Aces lost 82-63 to the New York Liberty in the 2023 WNBA Commissioner’s Cup championship game Tuesday at Michelob Ultra Arena.
It’s the Aces’ first loss at home this season, however, the game doesn’t count on their regular-season record and the stats do not count.
The Aces and Liberty play again at 7 p.m. Thursday at Michelob Ultra Arena.
All-Star wing Jackie Young led the Aces with 16 points, while All-Star guards Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum each added 15 points. Marine Johannes led New York with 17 points.
The Commissioner’s Cup is the WNBA’s in-season tournament. The two teams from each conference with the best records in the 10 cup games play in the championship game. The winning team is awarded $500,000, with $30,000 going to each player on the winning team. The championship MVP gets an additional $5,000. The losing team gets $10,000 per player.
Additionally, all the teams earn money for a partnered charity throughout the tournament. The winning team earns another $10,000 for its chosen nonprofit, and the losing team earns an extra $5,000.