GAME PREVIEW: Aces Host Front-Running Connecticut, Sunday, On ESPN2 As Playoff Race Tightens

LAS VEGAS, NV (August 10, 2019)—The race for WNBA playoffs seeding continues to tighten as just five games separates eighth-place Phoenix from first-place Connecticut. The Las Vegas Aces are in fourth place following their three-point loss to Chicago, Friday, and they host the front-running Sun on ESPN2, Sunday, beginning at 3 pm PT.

The Aces dug themselves an 18-point hole in the first half against the Sky, Friday. It was the ninth time this season that Las Vegas has trailed by double figures in a game, and the team has come back to win just two of those games.

The Aces were without two-time All-Star A’ja Wilson for the sixth straight game in the loss to Chicago. Las Vegas is 4-2 in games without Wilson. Liz Cambage (16.0 points and 9.4 rebounds) and Dearica Hamby (14.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg) are both nearly averaging a double-double during that span.

Las Vegas continues to have the best defense in the league, leading the W in Defensive Efficiency, Opponent Field Goal Percentage, and Defensive Rebound Percentage. Over the last six games, they have been just as impressive, as opponents are averaging just 70.5 points per game, and shooting 39.0 percent from the field.

Connecticut had its seven-game winning streak snapped Friday in a 32-point loss at Minnesota. In the loss, the Sun shot 30.9 percent from the field, 21.7 percent from three-point range, and 52.6 percent from the free throw line while committing 20 turnovers.

The Sun rank second in the league in both offensive and defensive rebound percentage, while turning the ball over the fourth fewest times per game.

Jonquel Jones is averaging a 15.4 points, 10.2 rebound double-double on the season, ranking first in the league in rebounding, and eighth in scoring. She also leads the W in blocks at 2.13 per game.

This is the second meeting this season between the Aces and the Sun. Connecticut picked up an 80-74 victory over Las Vegas on June 2 behind a 16-point, 13-rebound Jones double-double. The Aces held the Sun to 33.8 percent shooting from the floor, but Las Vegas committed 21 turnovers in the loss.