The first round of the 2022 WNBA playoffs ended in less dramatic fashion on Wednesday night as the Connecticut Suns completely shut down Dallas United on their way to a 73-58 win Offense in the decisive third game. With the win, the Suns reach their fourth straight semifinal, where they will face defending champions Chicago Sky. In the other semifinal, the No. 1 seed Las Vegas Aces will face the Seattle Storm . Those teams each swept their first round.
Another new playoff format debuted this year as the league eliminated first- and second-round byes in favor of a standard three-round bracket format. The first round will be best of three, while the semi-finals and final will be best of five. The semifinals and finals will be played in a standard 2-2-1 format, with higher seeded teams hosting Games 1, 2 and 5 if necessary, and lower seeded teams hosting games 3 and 5 as necessary Game 4.
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2022 WNBA playoff bracket
Here is the entire schedule:
The first round (two wins of three games)
- Wednesday, August 17 (Game 1)
Freedom 98, Sky 91( Liberty lead 1-0) Ace 79, Mercury 63 (Aces lead 1-0)
Thursday, August 18 (Game 1)
Suns 93, Wings 68 (Suns lead 1-0) Storm 86, Mystics 83 (Storm leads 1-0)
Saturday, August 20 (Game 2)
Sky 100, Liberty 62 (Series 1-1)
Sunday, August 21 (Game 2s)
8 Tuesday, March 23 (Game 3)
Wednesday, August 24 (Game 3)
Sunday, August 28 (Game 1)
Do not. 4 Seattle Storm at Ace 1 Las Vegas – 4 p.m. ET | ESPN
Wednesday, August 31 ( Game 2)
Do not. 3 Connecticut Sun on Chicago Sky 2 – 8pm ET | ESPN2
Sunday 4th September (Game 3)
- Do not. 2 Chicago Sky 3 Connecticut Sun – 1pm ET | ESPN2
Do not. 1 Las Vegas Aces at No. 4 Seattle Storm – 3pm ET | ABC
Tuesday, September 6 (Game 4)*
- Do not. 2 Chicago Sky at No. 3 Connecticut Sun – TBD | ESPN2
Do not. 1 Las Vegas Aces at No. 4 Seattle Storm – TBD | ESPN2
September 8 Thursday (Game 5)*
- Do not. 3 Connecticut Suns at Chicago Sky 2 – TBD | ESPN2
Do not. 4 Seattle Storm at Ace 1 Las Vegas – TBD | ESPN2
if any necessary
Sunday, September 11 (Game 1)
Tuesday, September 13 ( Scene 2)
- TBD & TBD – 9 PM ET | ESPN
Thursday, September 15 (Game 3)
TBD & TBD – 9 PM ET | ESPN
Sunday September 18 (Game 4)*
Tuesday, September 20 (Game 5)*
TBD & TBD – US East Time 9 PM | ESPN