Palmetto, FL (September 13, 2020)—The Las Vegas Aces secured the number one seed in the WNBA Playoffs, Sunday afternoon, as leading MVP candidate A’ja Wilson, and leading 6th Woman of the Year candidate Dearica Hamby each poured in 23 points in an 86-84 victory over the Seattle Storm. Although the teams have identical 18-4 records, the Aces own the tiebreaker between the clubs having swept the season series.
First Quarter (Seattle 27, Las Vegas 20)
Seattle scored 15 of the first 20 points in the game.
Second Quarter (Las Vegas 46, Seattle 44)
It was still a seven-point Storm advantage with 8:06 to go, when Las Vegas scored 9 straight to take the lead
Third Quarter (Seattle 66, Las Vegas 64)
Neither team led by more than 5 during the period.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 86, Seattle 84)
Seattle led 79-74 with 5:11 remaining in the game, but the Aces scored 10 straight points to secure a lead they would never relinquish.
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The Aces went 18 for 27 from the free throw line, while Seattle made 15 of 20
The Storm outscored the Aces 13 to 5 in second chance points.
Las Vegas made 8 of 19 three-pointers, while Seattle went 9 for 21
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 22nd straight game to start the season, the 30th straight game dating back to last year, and the 78th time in her 81 games as a pro (23 points). It was also the 15th time this season she has scored at least 20 points, and the 40th of her career.
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 18th time this season and the 81st time in her career (season-high 23 points). She came close to a triple-double adding 7 rebounds and a career-high 8 assists.
Kayla McBride scored in double figures for the 16th time this season, and the 148th time in her career (10 points).
Danielle Robinson scored in double figures for the 6th time this season, and the 128th time in her career (13 points).
This marks the first time since 2008 that the franchise has finished the season with the best overall record. They were the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2008, and lost to the eventual WNBA Champion Detroit Shock, coached by Bill Laimbeer, in that year’s finals. That is the only other time the franchise has finished with the best mark in the league.
A’ja Wilson finished the season ranked second in scoring (20.5), while leading the league in blocked shots (2.00), and finishing sixth in rebounding (8.5).
Las Vegas has a double bye into the WNBA Semifinals by virtue of finishing in first place during the regular season. They will play the lowest remaining seed of the first two rounds of the postseason in a best-three-out-of-five series beginning Sunday, September 20.