UNCASVILLE, CT (August 23, 2019)—Las Vegas led by 11 in the second quarter Friday against Connecticut, but the Sun limited the Aces to 29 points after the intermission, and picked up the 89-85 victory.
Las Vegas scored the first basket of the game, but Connecticut scored the next nine. The Sun extended their lead to 11, 23-12, but the Aces closed the quarter scoring 11 of the last 15 points.
Connecticut led 41-39 with 4:42 to go, but Las Vegas scored the next 13 points to lead 52-41 with 1:55 on the clock.
Las Vegas led 68-57 with 5:01 to go in the third, but the Sun scored 15 straight to go up 72-68.
The Aces tied the score twice early in the fourth, but never regained the lead.
Las Vegas committed 10 turnovers which Connecticut turned into 13 points. The Sun were credited with 10 turnovers, which the Aces flipped into 8 points.
Connecticut went 5 for 15 from three-point range, while Las Vegas made 2 of 13 from long range.
The Sun made 71.4 percent of their shots in the third quarter while the Aces made 30 .0 percent of theirs.
Connecticut was whistled for 12 fouls in the first half and 5 in the second. Las Vegas made 14 of 16 from the line in the first half, and 5 of 6 in the second.
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 25th time (18 points).
Kayla McBride scored in double figures for the 24th time this season.
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 17th time this season (14 points), and grabbed 10 rebounds for her 8th double-double of the year.
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 18th time this season (17 points).
The Aces outscored the Sun 50-40 in points in the paint. That is the second time in three games that Las Vegas has scored 50 or more points in the paint, and the fourth time all season;
Las Vegas outscored Connecticut 21 to 13 in fast break points.
The Aces remain on the road, traveling to Minnesota Sunday for a 4 pm PT tip against the Lynx.
With the loss, the Aces fall to 19-10, one game ahead of the fourth place Los Angeles Sparks (17-10), and now a-game-and-a-half behind second place Connecticut (20-8). The Sun also have the tiebreaker with the Aces, having won the season series two games to one.