LAS VEGAS (July 10, 2018)—The Las Vegas Aces moved to within a game and a half of the idle Atlanta Dream Tuesday evening, improving to 9-12 on the year with a 98-74 road win over the Chicago Sky. The Aces have won 8 of their last 13 games since beginning the year with a 1-7 record.
Trailing 21-14 late in the first quarter, the Aces scored the final three points of the period, and began the second quarter by scoring 22 of the next 28 points to go up 39-27.
Last Vegas pushed its lead out to as many as 26 in the third quarter, outscoring the Sky 27-14 in the period.
The Aces outscored the Sky 59-29 over the second and third quarters.
Las Vegas made 47.9 percent of its shots from the field compared to 38.0 percent for the Sky.
Las Vegas’ bench scored 38 points, which is the most they have contributed since a 42-point effort the last time the team was in Chicago back on June 3. The Sky’s bench scored 24 points Tuesday night.
The Aces went 22 for 26 from the free throw line, while Chicago made 15 of its 20 attempts.
The Aces grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and turned them into 20 second chance points, while Chicago grabbed 11 offensive boards and scored just five points.
Las Vegas’ 24-point win was the team’s largest margin of victory this season (16, 94-78 vs. Los Angeles, June 29).
The Aces have won three games in a row for the first time since moving to Las Vegas.
A’ja Wilson (12 points) reached double figures in scoring for the 21st straight game to begin her WNBA career.
Kayla McBride (18 points) reached double figures in scoring for the 18th time in 19 games this season, and the 17th straight.
Tamera Young (16 points) reached double figures in scoring for the 12th time this season.
Kelsey Plum (14 points) reached double figures in scoring for the sixth time this season, and the fourth time in the last seven games.
Tamara Young went 3 for 6 from the field and scored 7 points in the first quarter while the rest of the team went 2 for 11 and scored 10 points.
The Aces scored 32 points in the second quarter which is their second highest output in any quarter this season (33 points, 3rd quarter, vs. Seattle, May 27).