The Las Vegas Aces, behind the play of lesbian point guard Chelsea Gray, won the WNBA championship Sunday night.
Gray scored 20 points in Game 4 of the series, helping the Aces deal a 78-71 defeat to the Connecticut Sun. She was awarded series MVP, averaging 18 points and six assists in four games to lead Las Vegas to its first-ever professional sports title.
“My teammates are awesome,” Gray told ESPN shortly after being named MVP. She also got emotional describing her comeback from a serious knee injury. “I worked so hard for this.”
Gray, 29, married her girlfriend Tipsea Moorer in a beautiful ceremony at Los Angeles’ Bel Air Bay Club in 2019.
Aces coach Becky Hammon won her first championship after coming close as a player. She credited former coach and legendary Detroit Pistons bad boy Bill Laimbeer for assembling a winning model.
“He put this team together and saw the pieces,” Hammon said.
Women’s professional basketball has long been a safe space for athletes and coaches to come out. Both Hammon and Connecticut coach Curt Miller are out. Miller is the league’s lone gay male coach. Connecticut had six out players on its roster, while Las Vegas had Gray and guard Riquna Williams.
Las Vegas advanced to the WNBA Finals by defeating the Seattle Storm and ending the illustrious playing career of star guard Sue Bird.