GAME PREVIEW: Aces and Mystics Pick Up Where They Left Off, One Month After Earthquake Rocked The House

LAS VEGAS, NV (August 5, 2019)—On July 5, a 7.4 earthquake rattled Las Vegas, causing the suspension of the Aces game against the Washington Mystics. Exactly one month later, Las Vegas and Washington take the court to complete the game which was halted at the half with the Mystics leading 51-36—only this time, they “tip off” at nearby T-Mobile Arena. The third quarter is scheduled to begin at 7 pm PT.

Heading into that July 5 game, the Mystics were in first place, and the Aces were in third, one-and-a-half games back. Now both teams find themselves chasing Connecticut (16-6) with Las Vegas (15-7) sitting one game back, and Washington (14-7) in third place.

The Aces have been without A’ja Wilson (ankle) for the last five games, and Liz Cambage (rest) for the last two. Despite that, Las Vegas is 4-1 over its last five, and has won nine of its last 11 games.

Over the most recent five games, the Aces are outscoring their opponents by an average of 10.2 points per game. They are holding opponents to 67.2 points per game and 38.3 percent shooting from the field. Kayla McBride is averaging a team-best 15.6 points per game during that stretch, while connecting on 51.9 percent of her shots from long distance. She now leads the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage at 48.9 percent.

Washington had a five-game winning streak snapped yesterday in a 103-82 loss at Phoenix. The Mystics still boast the best offense in the league by far, led by Elena Delle Donne’s 18.7 points per game. The MVP candidate is making 50.0 percent of her shots from the field, and 45.9 percent of her shots from long range.

Kristi Toliver (13.5 ppg) and Ariel Atkins (10.9) are also averaging double figures in scoring, as is Emma Messeman (10.9) who missed 11 games this season playing for the Belgium National Team.

The Mystics lead the league in field goal percentage (.457) while committing the fewest turnovers in the league per game (11.5).

Las Vegas and Washington split their previous two meetings this season with both teams winning on the other team’s home floor.