Claiming Ex-Teammate Breanna Stewart as “One of the Best Players”, Aces’ WNBA Champion Reveals the “Cat and Mouse Game” vs Liberty Star

Published 10/22/2023, 3:53 AM EDT

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In the world of basketball, players often have to play against their ex-teammates. During the 2023 WNBA championship Finals between two of the super teams in the league, the Las Vegas Aces and the New York Liberty, one such incident took place, where a player had to play against her teammate.

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In a recent interview, Aces WNBA champion praised her ex-teammate Breanna Stewart and opened up about the cat-and-mouse game.

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In the 2023 WNBA championship, the Las Vegas Aces secured the title by a Final score of 3-1, against the New York Liberty. Alysha Clark of the Aces and Breanna Stewart of the Liberty went back and forth against each other during the series. Interestingly, they both used to be teammates in Seattle.

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Recently, Clark made an appearance on ‘The Hoffman Show,’ where she sat down with host Craig Hoffman and talked about her recent championship. During the interview, Hoffman asked Clark about how it was defending Stewart, to which Clark said, “The whole part of defense is like you kind of play that cat-and-mouse game anyway and the thing I learned is like you’re never gonna hold anybody scoreless. She’s (Stewart) one of the best players in the world for a reason.”

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She continued, “But you play that game with her and making her look tough and if she hits some cool, you live with it and when they do, you’re like, alright I did my part. But to be able to be in that space Like there was nothing in my mind, where I was like, ‘Oh! I’m nervous she’s gonna get going’ just because I trusted my work. I trusted my process of preparing for this series.”

She further added, “Coming down the stretch in those Final moments, like all I had to do was rely on what I’ve been doing.” Clark’s words show insights into the cat-and-mouse game of defense while reminding us that in the world of basketball, the bonds of friendship and fierce competition often go hand in hand.

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Notably, the Liberty lost the 2023 WNBA championship.

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The New York Liberty faced off against the Las Vegas Aces in the highly anticipated 2023 WNBA championship Finals. With one of the best players on their team, many anticipated that the Liberty would achieve a flawless victory and halt the Aces from securing back-to-back titles. Even after the Liberty lost the first two games of the series. They didn’t let this get to them and secured Game 3 of the series, filling the fans with a hope of making a comeback.

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But in the turn of events, the Aces won the championship title even after suffering a major setback, making them one of the best teams in the league.

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Ojus is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a foundation in economics and a 12-year experience in playing basketball, he seamlessly combines academic knowledge with genuine enthusiasm for the game. He is spellbound as much by the intricacies of the game as he is by the legacies left by NBA legends such as Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.
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