GAME RECAP: Mercury 104, Aces 93

LAS VEGAS (August 1, 2018)—Las Vegas was looking to climb to within a game of idle Dallas Wednesday evening in the race for postseason positioning, but the Phoenix Mercury drained 11 of 26 shots from beyond the arc en route to a 104-93 victory over the Aces. The loss drops Las Vegas to 12-14, two games back of the Wings.

W L Pct GB
Seattle 20 7 .741
Atlanta 16 10 .615 3.5
Minnesota 15 10 .600 4.0
Los Angeles 15 11 .577 4.5
Washington 15 11 .577 4.5
Phoenix 16 12 .571 4.5
Connecticut 15 12 .556 5.0
Dallas 14 12 .538 5.5
Las Vegas 12 14 .462 7.5
Chicago 10 17 .370 10.0
New York 7 19 .269 12.5
Indiana 3 23 .115 16.5
KEY RUNS
Las Vegas led 18-17 with 4:14 to go in the first quarter, but the Mercury closed the period on an 11-4 run, and scored the first five points of the second quarter to go up by 11, 33-22. The Aces battled back in the second half, closing the gap to two at 84-82 with 6:22 to go in the game, but could never regain the lead.
KEY STATS
Phoenix went 11 for 26 from three-point range, while the Aces went 2 for 11.
Las Vegas’ bench outscored the Mercury’s bench 23-5
Phoenix outshot the Aces from the field 50.8 percent to 39.3.
The Aces took 21 more shots than the Mercury, 84 to 63.
Las Vegas committed a season-low 8 turnovers.
GAME NOTES
The 104 points allowed by the Aces are the second most they have allowed all season. It is also the fourth time Las Vegas has given up 100 or more points this year (105 vs. Seattle on May 27).
A’ja Wilson (29 points) reached double figures in scoring for the 26th straight game to start her WNBA career, which is an Aces’ record. She also scored 20 or more points for the 15th time this season.
Kayla McBride (18 points) scored in double figures for the 23rd time this season and her 22nd game in a row.
Tamera Young (10 points) scored in double figures for the 15th time this season.
Dearica Hamby (10 points) scored in double figures for the ninth time this season.
Las Vegas was whistled for 25 personal fouls which is the second most in a game for the Aces this season.
Phoenix’s 29 made free throws and 35 free throw attempts are the second most by a Las Vegas’ opponent this year.