BRADENTON, FL (August 1, 2020)—The Las Vegas Aces (1-2) look to get back to the .500 mark this Sunday as they host the Dallas Wings (2-1) at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT on ESPN2.
The Aces dropped a 102-95 decision to Phoenix Friday evening, coming back from down 23 to tie the game in the third quarter. They didn’t have enough juice left to complete the comeback, however, as the Mercury pulled away for the seven-point win.
Two-time All-Star A’ja Wilson is averaging a 20.0 point-10.0 rebound double-double on the season, and ranks second in the league in scoring, and fifth in rebounding. Five-time All-Star Angel McCoughtry, who missed virtually the entire 2019 season due to injury, ranks seventh in the league in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game, and is connecting on 56.4 percent of her shots from the field.
2019 Sixth Women of the Year Dearica Hamby (14.7 ppg) and three-time All-Star Kayla McBride (10.0 ppg) are also averaging in double figures, while propelling Las Vegas to the second highest scoring offense in the league at 93.7 points per game.
For the second straight season, the Aces are leading the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage (.448), but they are last in the league in three-point field goal attempts per game (9.7). Every other team in the league takes an average of at least 17.3 threes per game. The Aces also once again sit atop the league leaders in defensive rebound percentage.
Dallas improved to 2-1, Friday, with a three-point win over the Indiana Fever. Arike Ogunbowale leads the Wings in scoring at 18.0 points per game, but is making just 32.8 percent of her shots from the field and 26.1 percent from long range.
Satou Sabally chips in with 15.3 points per game, but is likewise struggling from the field, making 41.5 percent of her shots from the field, and 0.83 percent from three-point range. Dallas starters as a group are making just 40.8 percent of their shots.
The team’s reserves have given the Wings a boost, connecting on 47.9 percent of their field goal attempts. Allisha Gray has led the way for the bench corps, and rounds out the Wings’ trio of double digit scorers at 10.3 per game.
Las Vegas is 26-35 all-time against Dallas, but has won the last three meetings between the clubs.