LAS VEGAS (Aug. 15, 2023)—The WNBA announced today that Las Vegas Aces forward/center A’ja Wilson earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for helping lead the Aces to a 3-0 record for the week ending Aug. 13. This marks Wilson’s third player of the week honor of the season and ups her franchise-record to 14 such career honors after earning it 5 times in 2022, twice in 2019 and 2020 and once each in 2021 and 2018.
In leading the Aces to a trio of 20+ wins over Dallas, Washington and Atlanta, Wilson averaged 29.7 points, a league-high 11.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, while shooting 54.4 percent from the field and 85 percent from the line.
Wilson posted two double-doubles, including a career-high 40 points (17-25 FGs, 6-7 FTs) to go with 12 rebounds in the Aces 113-89 win over the Mystics on Aug. 11. She tallied 28 points and 14 rebounds—her second-best rebounding output this year—in a 104-84 victory at Dallas on Aug. 8. Wilson capped the week by notching 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals to lead the Aces past the Dream, 86-65 on Aug. 13.
Wilson’s 40-point game, which tied Kelsey Plum for the franchise scoring record, broke her own WNBA record for most points scored in a game without hitting a 3-pointer. She also scored a career-high 24 points in the first half, and her 17 made field goals are the second most in a game in WNBA history and the most in franchise history (18, Lauren Jackson, Seattle at Washington, July 24, 2007). Her 17 made two-pointers tied Lauren Jackson’s WNBA record for most made 2s in a game (17, Lauren Jackson, Seattle vs. Los Angeles, Aug. 6, 2003).
Additionally, Wilson last week moved into the No. 2 spot in franchise history for rebounds, passing Margo Dydek (1,530). She now has 1,545 career rebounds.
Wilson has led the Aces to a 27-3 (.900) record on the season, which is on pace to record the highest winning percentage in league history (1998 Houston Comets, 27-3, .900). Las Vegas is leading the league in scoring (94.0), field goal percentage (.496), 3-point field goal percentage (.389), free throw percentage (.830), offensive (114.3) and defensive (96.7) efficiency rating, net rating (17.6), assist to turnover ratio (1.85) and effective field goal percentage (.564).