Aces star A’ja Wilson wants to make it clear: She didn’t mean to crash Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird’s party.
“I mean, she invited me to the party,” Wilson said. “I was just trying to have some fun, lighten it up a little bit.”
Bird, a five-time Olympic gold medalist who will retire after the season, played her final regular-season
game in Seattle on Sunday before a sellout crowd of 18,100 at Climate Pledge Arena. But Wilson
and the Aces spoiled the guard’s send-off with an 89-81 victory. “I’m not going to lie; it kind of sucks
to lose my last game,” Bird said. “But, you know what, I lost my first game, too. So it’s OK.”
Wilson also thought it was OK. “This is a big night for her,” she said. “I’m sure it’s going to continue
to be a big night for her, and it’s all love, for sure.” Wilson had 29 points on 13-for-24 shooting.
Aces guard Kelsey Plum scored 16, including a key 3-pointer late in the game, and wing Jackie
Young and point guard Chelsea Gray added 15 apiece.