GAME RECAP: Aces Bounce Back With, 99-78, Victory Over Visiting Connecticut

Palmetto, FL (August 20, 2020)—The Las Vegas Aces (9-3) moved back into sole possession of second place in the WNBA standings, Thursday evening, as Kayla McBride scored a season-high 25 points, and Danielle Robinson handed out nine first-half assists off the bench, in a, 99-78, victory over the visiting Connecticut Sun (5-8).

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Connecticut 27, Las Vegas 25)

Las Vegas scored the first five points of the game, but the Sun countered by scoring 12 in a row of their own. The Aces still trailed by 8, 23-15, but scored six straight, and trailed by 2 at the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter (Las Vegas 53, Connecticut 42)

Las Vegas scored 9 of the first 11 points in the quarter to go up 34-29. The Aces led by six, 43-37, with 3:31 to go in the half, and outscored Connecticut 10-5 to head into the locker room with an 11-point lead.

Third Quarter (Las Vegas 76, Connecticut 60)

Las Vegas outscored Connecticut 11-4 to open the quarter, and lead by 18, 64-46, with 6:28 to go in the period.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 99, Connecticut 78)

Connecticut never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.

KEY STATS

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Las Vegas went 23 for 27 from the free throw line, while Connecticut went 11 of 13.

The Aces made 56.2 percent of their shots, while the Sun made 43.5 percent of theirs.

The Aces outscored the Sun 50-34 in the paint.

DeWanna Bonner scored 8 points in the first quarter for Connecticut, but the Aces held her to 2 points the rest of the way.

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 12th straight game to start the season, and the 68th time in her 71 games as a pro. It was also the 7th time this season that she has scored 20 or more points, and the 32nd of her career (21 points).

Angel McCoughtry scored in double figures for the 10th game this season, and the 271st time in her career (14 points).

Kayla McBride scored in double figures for the 8th time this season, and the 141st time in her career (season-high 25 points). She also scored 20 or more points for the 1st time this season, and the 41st time in her career. KMac hit her first 5 shots of the game.

Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 11th time this season and the 74th time in her career (15 points).

Danielle Robinson handed out a season-high 9 assists, and passed Briann January and Swin Cash in 21st and 20th pace respectively on the WNBA’s career assist list. She now has 1,133 for her career, 7 behind Renee Montgomery (1,140) in 19th place.

Danielle Robinson’s 9 assists in the first half set a WNBA record for most assists by a bench player in a half.

The Aces are now 5-0 when shooting 50.0 percent or better on the year, and 9-1 when holding their opponent below 50 percent.

NEXT OPPONENT

Las Vegas remains at home this week to take on the front-running Seattle Storm, Saturday, in a 3 pm ET/12 pm PT tip on ABC.