GAME RECAP: Aces Dial It Up On Defense In 79-70 Win Over Dallas

Palmetto, FL (August 2, 2020)—Las Vegas’ perimeter defense forced the Dallas Wings (2-2) to miss a WNBA record 26 of 30 three-pointers Sunday evening as the Aces (2-2) moved back to the .500 mark with a 79-70 victory.

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Las Vegas 24, Dallas 18)

Las Vegas scored the first 9 points of the game, and expanded their lead to as many as 13 in the quarter. Dallas closed the lead to 6 at the end of the quarter thanks to 7 Aces turnovers which they turned into 10 points.

Second Quarter (Las Vegas 42, Dallas 37)

Las Vegas pushed its lead out to 14, 42-28, but the Wings closed the half on a 9-0 run.

Third Quarter (Las Vegas 66, Dallas 56)

Las Vegas opened the period scoring 12 of the first 17 points to increase its lead to 12, 54-42.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 79, Dallas 70)

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KEY STATS

Dallas went 4 for 30 from three-point range. That is the fewest makes ever for a WNBA team that took 30 or more three-pointers. The Aces went 3 for 14 from long distance.

Las Vegas committed 18 turnovers on the night, including 7 in the first quarter which led to 10 Wings points.

Dallas took 14 more shots than Las Vegas, 76-62.

Dallas grabbed 8 offensive rebounds in the first half, but just 1 in the second.

The Aces went 22-27 from the free throw line, while the Wings went 10 for 12.

Las Vegas’ bench outscored the Wings bench 27-14.

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson recorded her fourth straight double-digit scoring effort to start the season, her 12th straight overall, and the 60th in her 63-game pro career (19 points).

Kayla McBride recorded her third straight double-digit scoring effort, and the 136th of her career (11 points).

Dallas missed its first 13 three-pointers in the game, and took 20 in the first half which is 2 off the league record for three-point field goal attempts in a first half (22, Connecticut at Phoenix, June 18 2008).

Las Vegas came into the game as the top defensive rebounding team in the WNBA, but Dallas grabbed 8 offensive rebounds in the first half. The last time the Aces allowed a team to grab that many rebounds in an entire game was September 5, 2019 when Atlanta grabbed 13. The previous high for an Aces opponent in a game this year was seven by Chicago (July 26)and Atlanta (July  29). Dallas finished with 9 offensive boards.

Four days after setting a career scoring high with 11 points against Atlanta, Lindsay Allen tied it with 11 vs. Dallas.

Jackie Young scored a season-high 10 points, topping double figures for the 8th time in her career.

Angel McCoughtry moved past Lindsay Whalen into sole possession of 15th place on the WNBA’s career scoring list, and now has 5,527 points. Next up on the scoring list is Katie Douglas with 5,563 points.

NEXT OPPONENT

Las Vegas hits the road Wednesday to take on the Washington Mystics at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.