A two-time NBA Champion in his playing days, Bill Laimbeer made WNBA history on Thursday (ET).
With the Las Vegas Aces' 78-71 win over the Atlanta Dream, the 6-foot-11 big man became the second head coach in WNBA history to reach 300 victories.
He reached the landmark in 514 games and only trails Mike Thibault - the current head coach of the Washington Mystics - who has 354 victories to his name.
Congrats, Coach! 👏👏- WNBA (@WNBA) August 27, 2021
Bill Laimbeer has become the second #WNBA coach to reach 300 victories.#CountIt pic.twitter.com/ILrgRNZnFO
As a head coach, he is a 3-time WNBA Champion (2003, 2006, 2008) and a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2015).
The 2021 WNBA season is Laimbeer's 17th year in the league, all of which have been split across three franchises - Detroit Shock (2002-2009), New York Liberty (2013-2017) and Las Vegas Aces (2018 - present).
In the Aces' comeback victory, A'ja Wilson was the star performer with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. With the victory, the Las Vegas franchise improved to an 18-7 record which is just one game behind the league-leading Connecticut Sun.
The Sun, who were one of four other teams in action on Thursday (ET), extended their win streak to seven courtesy Jonquel Jones' heroics.
👏 Jonquel 👏@jus242 with the game-sealing bucket🤯🤐#CountIt pic.twitter.com/QW4Pot1epL- WNBA (@WNBA) August 27, 2021
The Connecticut franchise's 76-72 home win kept them at the top of the standings and improved their record to 19-6.
In the third and final game of the slate, Arike Ogunbowale led the Dallas Wings to a 12-point comeback win over the Washington Mystics with 26 points and a career-high nine assists.
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