LAS VEGAS, NV (June 8, 2018)—The Las Vegas Aces (1-6) cut a 18-point second-half deficit to four, Friday afternoon, but they couldn’t quite get over the hump, as they dropped an 87-83 decision to the Atlanta Dream (4-3).
Atlanta led by four, 38-34, early in the second half, but the Dream scored 16 of the next 19 points to make it 54-37 Atlanta. Las Vegas closed the gap down the stretch, but was never able to regain the lead.
Las Vegas committed 13 turnovers, 11 in the first three quarters, which the Dream turned into 21 points.
The Dream out-rebounded the Aces 43-37 on the day.
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures (20) for the seventh straight game.
A’ja Wilson scored 20 or more points (20) for the fifth straight game.
Nia Coffey (ankle) and Moriah Jefferson (knee) did not play due to injury
Kayla McBride had the opportunity to record the first four-point play in Aces’ history, making a three-pointer with 2:54 to go in the first quarter and getting fouled on the play, but she missed the subsequent free throw.
Tiffany Hayes scored on double-figures (24) for seventh time, and topped 20 points for the fourth time this season.
Hayes has attempted at least six free-throws in six of seven games this season.
Angel McCoughtry registered a season-high 23 points, her second game this season with 20+ points.
After a slow start to the season, Damiris Dantas provided the Dream nine points and four rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.
Monique Billings grabbed a season-high five rebounds.
The Dream move to 3-0 when leading at the half.