LAS VEGAS, NV (August 11, 2019)—Las Vegas knocked Connecticut out of first place Sunday afternoon, outscoring the Sky 26-15 in the third quarter en route to an, 89-81, victory. The win helped the Aces (16-9) keep a-game-and-a-half back of Washington (17-7), who took over sole possession of first place with a 101-78 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.
The Aces made their first five shots of the game, two of which were three-pointers, to take a 14-6 lead.
Connecticut countered by scoring 16 of the next 20 points to go up 22-18.
Neither team led by more than four points during the second.
The teams were tied at 42 at the end of the first half. Las Vegas scored the first seven points of the third, and outscored Connecticut 26-15 in the period.
Las Vegas led 73-70 with 6:53 to go in the game, and scored 9 straight points over the next 2:20 to secure the win.
The Aces made 45.8 percent of their shots from the field, while the Sun made 39.5 percent of theirs.
Las Vegas had 17 turnovers to just 10 for Connecticut, but the Aces scored 14 points off those miscues to 13 points for the Sun.
The Aces went 15 for 17 from the free throw line, while Connecticut went 8 for 8.
Las Vegas was without the services of two-time All-Star A’ja Wilson for the seventh straight game. The Aces are 5-2 without her.
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 21st time this season, and 20 or more points for the fourth time (21 points). She also added 12 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the year.
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 14th time this season (12 points). She added 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Kayla McBride scored in double figures for the 20th time this season (18 points).
Kelsey Plum hit her first four shots of the game, and scored 9 of her 16 points in the first 5 minute and 14 seconds of the game. It was the 12th time Plum reached double figures in scoring this year.
Jackie Young scored in double figures for the fifth time this season (13 points).
Las Vegas remains at home Tuesday to take on the Atlanta Dream beginning at 7 pm PT.