LAS VEGAS, NV (August 19, 2018)—The Las Vegas Aces’ inaugural 2018 season came to an end Sunday afternoon as the Atlanta Dream secured the number two seed in the WNBA playoffs with a 93-78 victory. The Aces’ finished the year with a 14-20 record, and in ninth place in the WNBA standings.
The Aces led 47-41 at the half, but the Dream scored eight of the first 10 points coming out of intermission to tie the score. There were four additional ties in the third period, before Atlanta took the lead on an Elizabeth Williams fast break layup, 61-59.
It was still a two-point Dream advantage early in the second when Atlanta scored six straight to take their largest lead of the game to that point, 72-64. The Aces cut the lead to five, 83-78, but the Dream scored the final 10 points of the game to secure the win.
The Las Vegas Aces won the points-in-the-paint battle, 30-18
The Dream made 49.3 percent of their field goal attempts, while the Aces made 39.5% of theirs. Las Vegas made just 30.8 percent of their shots after the intermission.
Atlanta made 7 of 18 shots from three-point range, while Las Vegas made 1 of 12.
The Aces committed two turnovers in the first half, but 11 in the second.
A’ja Wilson (21 points) scored in double figures for the 33rd time to start her career, and now has the second longest such streak behind Cynthia Cooper, who did it in 92 consecutive games. She also scored 20 or more points for the 18th time this season.
Dearica Hamby (14 points) scored in double figures for the 12th time this season. It is the most points she has scored since June 22 vs. New York when she netted 16.
Kelsey Bone scored nine points, one off of her season high.
The Aces won six more games this season than the San Antonio Stars did a year ago (14 to 8).