LAS VEGAS, NV (August 31, 2019)—The Las Vegas Aces pull the curtain down on their regular season home schedule this evening, hosting the Los Angeles Sparks for Fan Appreciation Day beginning at 7:30 pm PT. The match up is also key for playoff seeding, as the Aces are chasing the Sparks for the number three seed in the postseason, while trying to keep the Chicago Sky in their rearview mirror.
Las Vegas has lost three straight, all on the road, entering the weekend, with the team’s top-ranked defense taking a hit during that stretch. The Aces still lead the league in Defensive Efficiency, Defensive Field Goal Percentage, and Defensive Rebound Percentage, but they allowed an average of 91.0 points per game in their last three contests as opponents made 48.6 percent of their shots from the field.
A’ja Wilson (15.3 points per game), Liz Cambage (15.0) and Dearica Hamby (11.3) all averaged double figures in scoring over the last three games, but three-time All-Star Kayla McBride put up just 4.7 points per game, while making 21.7 percent of her shots from the floor.
Kelsey Plum was a bright spot for the Aces in the team’s most recent loss at Indiana, as she scored 17 points, handed out 6 assists, and committed no turnovers coming off the bench.
Los Angeles has won four of its late five games and 12 of its last 16 to move a half game ahead of the Aces. Nneka Ogwumike leads four members of the Sparks scoring in double figures at 16.6 points per game. She is joined by Cherlsea Gray (14.7), Riquna Williams (14.7), and Candace Parker (10.1).
Defensively, Los Angeles ranks third in the league in Defensive Field Goal Percentage, and Opponent Turnovers Per Game.
The Sparks have won two of the first three meetings this season between the clubs, with the home team winning each time.