DeWanna Bonner is the only player on the Connecticut Sun\u2019s roster who has\u00a0 won a WNBA championship. She knows what it takes to win -- the go-after-every-play mentality and constant aggression. With three-and-a-half minutes left of Sunday\u2019s Game 1 of the WNBA Finals against Las Vegas, Bonner used a slick spin-move on the perimeter to shake off an Aces defender and clear a path to the basket. But meeting her down below was 2022 WNBA MVP A\u2019ja Wilson.\u00a0 Wilson blocked Bonner\u2019s shot and then beat her down to the other end of the court to put in a layup over Bonner\u2019s head and extend the Las Vegas\u2019 lead to four. On the Sun\u2019s next possession, Wilson blocked another Connecticut shot and grabbed the rebound while drawing a foul. Two minutes later, she blocked another Sun shot and forced a jump ball. Connecticut had no answer for Wilson all game. Top-seeded Vegas defeated the Sun 67-64 in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals in front of a sold-out home crowd at the Mandalay Bay Michelob ULTRA Arena in Nevada. The Aces will host Game 2 Tuesday night at 9 p.m. (ESPN). The win marked Vegas\u2019 first Finals win in franchise history after getting swept in its previous appearances in 2020 and 2008. "Certainly disappointed for our locker room," Sun coach and general manager Curt Miller said. "We lost, knowing that we did so much that we wanted to accomplish defensively and got the game in the style of play that we were hoping for." Bonner finished 1 of 9, while Wilson led all players in points and rebounds. Wilson, also this year\u2019s Defensive Player of the Year, led with 24 points and 11 rebounds with two steals and four blocks. Chelsea Gray followed with 21 points. No. 3 seed Connecticut was led by Alyssa Thomas with 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks. "It was a game we needed," said Wilson, the former South Carolina star. "... This is something that\u2019s huge for us. These are statement games in a way and when you\u2019re playing a good team, like Conn., you really gotta lock in at all costs." While the Sun struggled to slow down Wilson and Gray, Connecticut\u2019s defense did hold the Aces to their lowest-scoring win all season. The Sun outrebounded the Aces 38-33, including finishing with 13 offensive rebounds to the Aces\u2019 6. Connecticut also had eight steals to Vegas\u2019 3 and forced 12 turnovers. "They just dug in and they ramped up our physicality," Las Vegas coach Becky Hammon said. "It felt like we had to get punched in the face before we reacted \u2026 That\u2019s a team (Sun) that at the end of the day, they play so hard the entire game. They\u2019re relentless. That team is relentless. And so you can never let your foot off the gas."Las Vegas led the WNBA in the regular season averaging 92.3 points per game. So, of course, the Aces opened Game 1 doing what they do best: firing on offense.\u00a0 At the first timeout at 4:03 in the first quarter, Vegas was shooting 72.7 percent from the floor and led by 12 while the Sun struggled to create disruption. Thomas had six of Connecticut\u2019s first nine points. Wilson combined with Gray for 20 of Las Vegas\u2019 25 points at the end of the first quarter. Yet, just like they did against the Sky last week in Game 5, the Sun came out and flipped the script.\u00a0 At 7:49 in the second, 2022 6th Player of the Year winner Brionna Jones intercepted a pass from Gray and took it to the basket to decrease the Aces\u2019 lead to 25-23. The Sun\u2019s defense trapped Vegas into bad passes and rushed plays as it went on a 6-0 run to start the second. Connecticut forced a Vegas shot clock violation at 5:18 and a jumper from 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones gave the Sun its first lead at 30-29. By halftime, the Sun led by four and had outscored the Aces 21-9 in the period thanks to eight total offensive boards, 10 points from Brionna Jones and 10 points from Thomas. Vegas was only able to capitalize on three of its 15 shots in the second quarter as it went assist-less in a quarter for the first time all season. "The second quarter was huge for us but we left some points out there,' Miller said. "There was moments where I thought we had some really good offensive possessions and missed some shots we were capable of making to really try to create some separation going into halftime. And it didn\u2019t happen. "But credit to our composure with that shotgun start \u2026\u00a0 We were dynamic early and our defense settled in. We got to our pillars. We got to the game plan and started to get the kind of game that we feel we can be successful in." Hammon said she reminded her players during halftime to play Las Vegas basketball. While Gray wouldn't relay the choice words Hammon told her team, she said it helped re-energize the team. And it showed. The Sun opened up the third with back-to-back 3-pointers from Courtney Williams and Jonquel Jones. But a 3 from Vegas\u2019 Riquna Williams at 2:09 made it a one-point game. Wilson made a pair of free throws less than a minute later to put Vegas back on top. Vegas kept the score within three for the final two minutes before ending the third leading 55-53 and outscoring the Sun 21-15 in the period.\u00a0 The Aces had total control to start the fourth quarter. With a 7-0 run, Las Vegas led by eight at 2:40 with a layup from Jackie Young. Connecticut\u2019s final comeback attempt came from a 6-0 run from Thomas, including back-to-back steal-and-score plays, to bring the Sun within three with 34.2 seconds left.\u00a0 Miller drew up the team\u2019s final play of giving Bonner the ball on the outside. When play resumed from a timeout, Bonner got the ball and took position, but Vegas swarmed her with defenders and her 3-point attempt fell short as the game clock expired. "After this game, we have a lot of confidence," Thomas said. "It was a three-point game and we had a chance to tie. So I think we\u2019re very confident and we know that all you need is one."