Minneapolis, MN (August 25, 2019)—Las Vegas battled back from a 15-point first quarter deficit to take the lead Sunday evening, but a 20-4 Lynx run to open the second half helped Minnesota to a 98-77 victory.
Minnesota scored the first 8 points of the game as the Aces went 0 for 3 from the field and committed 2 turnovers. Minnesota would go on to lead by as many as 15 in the quarter.
Las Vegas outscored the Lynx 21-7 to start the second quarter.
Minnesota scored 20 of the first 24 points of the quarter to take a lead they would never relinquish.
Minnesota made 58.8 percent of its field goal attempts on the night compared to 42.0 for the Aces.
The Aces committed 16 turnovers to 30 for Minnesota. The Lynx turned Las Vegas’ turnovers into 11 points, while the Aces turned Minnesota’s into 13.
Minnesota’s 58.8 percent shooting from the field is the highest field goal percentage by an Aces opponent this season, and just the fourth time Las Vegas has allowed a team to make 50 percent or more of its shots this year. The Aces are 0-12 since moving to Las Vegas in games in which they have allowed the opponent to make 50 percent or more of their shots.
The Lynx 98 points are the second most the Aces have allowed in a game this season (99 vs. Washington on July 5/August 5).
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 26th time this season (12 points).
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 18th time this season (10 points).
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 19th time this season (11 points).
Sugar Rodgers scored in double figures for the 2nd time this season (11 points).
Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 7th time this season (14 points).
Las Vegas trailed by 10 or more points at the end of the first quarter for the 5th time this season. They are now 1-4 in those games.
Las Vegas remains on the road, traveling to Indiana Tuesday for a 4 pm PT tip against the Fever.
With the loss, Las Vegas remains a-game-and-a-half behind Connecticut in second place, and falls into a tie with Los Angeles for third place. The Sparks are currently 2-1 against Las Vegas, with the teams scheduled to play one more game, Saturday, August 31, at Mandalay Bay Arena. The Aces are also a half game ahead of Chicago, but own the tiebreaker over the Sky.