GAME RECAP: Defense Falters As Aces Fall On The Road, 92-84, To Sky

CHICAGO (September 5, 2021)—Las Vegas fell a-game-and-a-half back of front-running Connecticut Sunday afternoon as the Chicago Sky connected on 50.7 percent of their field goal attempts in a, 92-84, victory over the Aces.

Team W L GB
Connecticut 21 6
Las Vegas 20 8 1.5
Minnesota 18 9 3.0
Seattle 19 10 3.0
Phoenix 17 10 4.0
Through games played Sunday, September 5, the Aces can finish no lower than 5th in the WNBA standings.
Las Vegas owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Seattle (Aces Magic Number vs. Storm is 2).
Minnesota owns the head-to-head tie-breaker over Las Vegas (Aces Magic Number vs. Lynx is 4).
Las Vegas and Phoenix split their first two meetings, and play again on the last day of the regular season (Aces Magic Number vs. Mercury is 3).

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Chicago 32, Las Vegas 24)

Tied at nine, the Sky scored six straight to take the lead. Chicago made 72.2 percent of their field goal attempts in the quarter. The bench scored 16 points and was a perfect 6 for 6 from the field led by Diamond DeShields’ 9 points.

Second Quarter (Chicago 54, Las Vegas 46)

The Aces cut the lead to three, 32-29, early in the quarter, but the Sky scored 8 straight to give Chicago its first double-digit lead of the day. An 8-0 Las Vegas run later in the period cut the lead to three once again, but the Sky scored the final five points of the quarter.

Third Quarter (Chicago 70, Las Vegas 67)

The Aces tied the score on two occasions in the quarter, but were unable to take the lead.

Fourth Quarter (Chicago 92, Las Vegas 84)

It was still a three-point Chicago lead, 87-84, with 2:18 to go in the game. The Sky held Las Vegas scoreless the rest of the way, netting the final five points of the game from the free throw line. The Aces missed their final six shots from the field, and went 6 for 21 overall in the quarter.

KEY STATS

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Chicago made 50.7 percent of its field goal attempts, while Las Vegas made 41.1 percent.

The Aces made 19 of 22 free throws, while the Sky went 17 for 23.

The Sky went 7 for 19 from three-point range, while the Aces made 5 of 13 shots from distance.

GAME NOTES

The Aces are is 0-16 since moving to Las Vegas when an opponent shoots .500 or better (Sky shot 50.7 percent this evening).

A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 27th time this season, and the 105th time in her career (18 points). She added 12 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the season and the 35th of her career.

Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 16th time this season (23 points) and the 60th time in her career.

Chelsea Gray scored in double figures for the 17th time this season (10 points) and the 135th time in her career.

Riquna Williams scored in double figures for the 12th time this season (14 points) and the 112nd time in her career.

Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 18th time this season (12 points) and the 37th time in her career.

Kiah Stokes grabbed 10 or more rebounds for the 4th time this season, 3rd time with the Aces, and second straight game (10 rebounds).

Chicago’s 50.7 percent shooting from the field is the tied for the highest percentage for a Las Vegas’ opponent this season.

The Sky’s 30 assists are the most allowed by the Aces this year.

Las Vegas’ 6 turnovers are tied for the fewest they have had in a game this season.

NEXT OPPONENT

The Aces return to Las Vegas for a Wednesday, September 8 tilt against the Minnesota Lynx. Tip is slated for 6 pm PT on ESPN2.