PHOENIX, AZ (June 10, 2018)—The Las Vegas Aces (1-6) whittled a 15-point Phoenix lead down to four with 3:17 to go in the fourth quarter, but scored on just one of their remaining five possessions, falling to the Mercury (7-3), 72-66.
The Mercury led 7-6 early in the first quarter, expanding their lead to 10, 22-12 with a 15-6 run. Four different players scored for Phoenix during the run led by DeWanna Bonner’s five points.
It was a 13-point Mercury lead at the half, 50-37, but the Aces outscored Phoenix 31-14 in the first 18-plus minutes after the intermission to slice the advantage to four, 68-64.
The Mercury outrebounded Las Vegas 49-40.
The Aces went 15 for 18 from the free throw line (.833), which is the best free throw percentage of the year for Las Vegas.
Las Vegas held the Mercury to an opponent season-low nine points in the third quarter, and a season-low 22 points in the second half. Phoenix connected on 25.7 percent of their shots after the intermission.
Brittney Griner scored 14 points in the first half, but was held to five in the second half.
Phoenix blocked 10 Aces’ shots on the day. Brittney Griner blocked seven of them.
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures (17) for the eighth straight game to start her career.
A’ja Wilson led the Aces in scoring for the sixth time in eight games.
The Aces held Phoenix to nine points in the third quarter. That is the lowest point total in a quarter for a Las Vegas’ opponent this year, tying the Washington Mystics who scored nine in the first quarter against the Aces back on May 22. The Aces also held the Mercury to 22 second-half points, which is the lowest total for a Las Vegas’ opponent this season.
JiSu Park grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, and is averaging 8.0 boards over her last three games.
Las Vegas turned the ball over a season-low 10 times.
The Aces held Phoenix to 72 points which is the lowest total for a Las Vegas’ opponent this season.
Sequoia Holmes, who signed with the Aces late on June 8, saw her first action of the regular season when she entered the game with 1:27 to go in the first quarter. She made her first basket of the year with 5.9 seconds to go in the quarter on a baseline jumper.