LAS VEGAS, NV (August9, 2019)—Las Vegas dug itself a 17-point first quarter hole Friday evening, and although the Aces led by as many as five in the second half CHicago escaped with a get over the hump in an 87-84 loss to Chicago. The loss kept the Aces a-game-and-a-half back of Connecticut (16-7) and Washington (16-7), and dropped them into a virtual tie with Los Angeles (14-8).
Chicago scored the first 8 points of the game and 18 of the first 20 as the Aces missed nine of their first 10 shots from the field.
Las Vegas trailed by 15 early in the second, but went on an 11-2 run to cut the lead to six, 33-27.
The Aces trailed 58-50 with 5:14 to go in the third, but scored nine straight points to take their first leaf of the game, 59-58. Las Vegas would go on to lead by as many as five in the quarter.
Tied at 78 with 4:03 to go in the game, the Aces missed eight shots and committed three turnovers down the stretch. Stefanie Dolson’s three pointer with 3:02 to go gave the Sky a lead they would never relinquish.
Chicago connected on 42.9 percent of their shots while Las Vegas made 36.9 percent of theirs.
Liz Cambage went 12 for 22 from the field while the rest of the Aces made 19 of 62.
The Sky made 28 of 31 free throws while the Aces went 18 for 22.
The Aces outscored the Sky 46 to 32 in points in the paint.
Las Vegas grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and turned them into 21 second chance points, while Chicago grabbed 7 offensive boards and flipped them into 6 points.
The Sky committed more turnovers than the Aces (16 to 15), but they scored 19 points off the Aces turnovers while Las Vegas scored 10 off of Chicago’s miscues.
The Aces were without A’ja Wilson for the sixth straight game (ankle). They are 4-2 in those games.
Courtney Vandersloot moved into sixth place on the WNBA’s career assist list and now has 1,575.
Liz Cambage scored a season-high 28 points. It was the 20th time she has scored in double figures this season and the third time she has scored 20 or more points. She added 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season.
Sugar Rodgers scored a season-high 14 points.
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 13th time this season (12 points). She added 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season.
A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum were presented with their World Cup Championship rings by head coach Dawn Staley in a pregame ceremony.
The Aces remain at home hosting the front-running Connecticut Sun Sunday at 3 pm PT on ESPN2.