WNBA Commissioner’s Cup: Sun and Storm clinch spots in $500,000 championship game

Breanna Stewart holding a frisbee: The first WNBA Commissioner's Cup championship game will be the Sun and Storm. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)The WNBA Commissioner’s Cup has reached its final week, and two teams have officially clinched a berth in the first Cup championship game.

The Connecticut Sun and Seattle Storm each clinched the East and West spots on Friday, the Sun with an 84-72 win over the Atlanta Dream and the Storm by virtue of a loss for the second-place Las Vegas Aces. The two teams are now set to meet in the championship game on Aug. 12 at Phoenix Suns Arena, broadcasted on Amazon Prime Video. At stake will be a sizable prize.

The prize pool will be $500,000 and the winning team will take home a custom designed cup that is passed from champion to champion every season.

Players on the winning team would make, at minimum, $30,000. Members of the runner-up team can earn $10,000 per player, and the game’s MVP will receive an additional $5,000.

The Cup standings were determined by a set of 10 intra-conference games, specifically the first home game and first road game each team plays against its five conference opponents. The team with the best winning percentage of those 10 games in each conference then qualified for the championship game.

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