GAME RECAP: Aces 94, Sun 90

LAS VEGAS (July 7, 2018)—Las Vegas took another step towards securing its first postseason berth in its inaugural season in Sin City, Saturday, as the Aces erased an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to upend the Connecticut Sun, 94-90. Rookie MVP candidate A’ja Wilson recorded a 34-point, 14-rebound double-double, while Kayla McBride added 27 points.

KEY RUNS

With the score tied at four early in the first, the Aces went on a 14-4 run to open up a 10-point advantage. A’ja Wilson scored six points during the run, while JiSu Park added four.

The Sun sliced the lead to seven at the end of the first quarter, and used a 7-0 run beginning at the 7:32 mark of the second to take their first lead of the game, 29-28. Jonquel Jones scored five of the seven points during the run.

Connecticut led by tw0, 57-55, with 5:50 to go in the third quarter, and scored 14 of the next 20 points to secure its first double-digit lead of the game, 71-61.

The Aces trailed by 11 at the start of the fourth quarter, and by seven with 4:16 to play, but Las Vegas scored 12 straight to take a lead they would never relinquish. Wilson and McBride each scored five points during the run.

KEY STATS

A’ja Wilson (34) and Kayla McBride (27) combined to score 61 points.

The Sun bench outscored the Aces’ bench 44-15.

Las Vegas’ starters outscored the Sun starters 79-46.

The Aces went 16 for 19 from the free throw line while Connecticut went 7 for 10.

The Sun made 9 of 29 three-pointers, while Las Vegas went 4 for 13.

Kelsey Plum (10) and Moriah Jefferson (5) combined to hand out 15 assists without a turnover.

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson (34 points) reached double figures in scoring for the 20th straight time to start her career. She scored 20 or more points for the 13th time this year, and 30 or more for the second time. Wilson added 14 boards for her eighth double-double of the season.

Kayla McBride (27 points) scored in double figures for the 17th time this season, and the 16th straight.

Kelsey Plum handed out a season-high 10 assists, reaching double figures for the second time in her career.

Connecticut had five players score in double figures led by Morgan Tuck’s 20 points off the bench. Tuck also connected on a career-high four three-pointers.

Chiney Ogwumike recorded a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double, which was her fifth double-double of the season.