INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 27, 2019)—Las Vegas has dropped the first two games of its current three-game road trip, falling into a tie for third place in the WNBA standings, just a half game ahead of Chicago in fifth. The Aces look to end that skid Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana. Tip is slated for 4 om PT (Watch Coach Johnson’s video scout).
Slow starts have plagued Las Vegas in each of their two defeats, as the Aces fell behind by double figures in the first quarter at Connecticut and Minnesota. In both instances, they battled back to take the lead, but were unable to come away with the win.
Liz Cambage (16.1 points per game), A’ja Wilson (15.9) and Kayla McBride (14.1) are looking to become only the sixth trio of teammates in WNBA history to each average 15 or more points per game in the same year. The Aces’ offense has improved to fourth overall in the league, thanks in part to the fact that they take advantage of the free throw line more than any other team. They also rank in the top six in the W in Effective Field Goal Percentage, Turnover Percentage and Offensive Rebound Percentage.
Las Vegas is still tops in the league in Defensive Efficiency, Defensive Field Goal Percentage and Defensive Rebound Percentage.
Indiana is in ninth place in the standings entering Tuesday’s game, 3.5 games behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot. The Fever have made a late postseason push, winning four of their last eight games.
Kelsey Mitchell leads three Indiana players in double-figure scoring at 12.5 points per game. She is joined by Candice Dupree and Erica Wheeler who average 11.0 and 10.9 points per game respectively. Three other Fever players average between 8 and 10 points, including Teaira McCowan, who is putting together an All-Rookie Team season, averaging 8.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Indiana ranks 11th in the WNBA in Defensive Efficiency, and is particularly vulnerable from three-point range where the Fever allow a league-high 35.5 percent. Las Vegas ranks first in the W in three-point field goal percentage at 37.5 percent.
The Aces are 2-0 against the Fever this season, eking out a 102-97 overtime win at home on June 29, and a 74-71 road victory on July 10.