HOW SHE JOINED THE ACES
Kelsey Plum was Las Vegas’ incumbent starting point guard heading into the summer of 2018, but her overseas commitments prevented her from joining the team until the second week of the regular season.
Head Coach Bill Laimbeer kept his eye on the waiver wire throughout the preseason in search of somebody to handle the point guard duties while waiting for Plum’s arrival. On May 19, one day before the start of the regular season, he scooped up second-year pro Lindsay Allen, who was waived by the New York Liberty two days prior.
Allen played 28 games for New York as a rookie in 2017. The head coach of the Liberty that season was, of course, Bill Laimbeer.
With a year in Laimbeer’s system under her belt, Allen was the perfect choice to run the show in the early going of the Aces’ inaugural season.
Allen started the first six games of the year for Las Vegas, and played in 24 overall. She had better than a three-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio on the season, including better than five-to-one over the season’s first 10 games.
Allen set single-game career highs in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals throughout the year, finishing fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio, and 27th in assists per game.
Allen’s best game in 2018 was probably her nine-point, seven-assist, four-steal effort vs. Atlanta on June 8. She went four for eight from the field en route to posting her career scoring high. Allen’s four steals were a career-best, and her seven assists were one off of her career-high of eight set five days earlier against Chicago.
WHERE IS SHE NOW?
Allen is playing for the Melbourne Boomers in the Australian League (WNBL). Through November 27, she is averaging 18.8 points, 5.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game, while connecting on 52 percent of her field goals, and 39 percent of her shots from long distance.