GAME RECAP: Aces Effort To Upend Sun Comes Up Short In 72-65 Loss

LAS VEGAS (May 23, 2021)—The Las Vegas Aces (2-2) effort to knock the Connecticut Sun (5-0) from the ranks of the unbeaten came up just short, Sunday afternoon, as the Sun emerged with a 72-65 victory.

Box Score/Video Highlights

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Connecticut 18, Las Vegas 8)

Connecticut scored 14 of the first 18 points of the game. The 8 points scored by the Aces is tied for the lowest scoring quarter for the team since they moved to Las Vegas.

Second Quarter (Las Vegas 33, Connecticut 27)

After the Sun extended their lead to 11, 20-9, early in the period, Las Vegas outscored the Sun 24-7 to close out the stanza.

Third Quarter (Connecticut 50, Las Vegas 43)

It was still a six-point Aces lead, 39-33, with 6:14 to go in the quarter, but Connecticut scored 17 straight points to re-take the lead.

Fourth Quarter (Connecticut 72, Las Vegas 65)

Connecticut’s lead vacillated between two and nine points throughout the entirety of the period, and the Aces were never able to regain the lead.

KEY STATS

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Connecticut grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, turning them into 12 second-chance points. The Aces snagged just one offensive rebound.

Las Vegas went 16 for 21 from the free throw line, while Connecticut made 11 of 12.

The Sun outscored the Aces 32-24 in the paint.

Connecticut took advantage of 14 Las Vegas turnovers, flipping them into 14 points, while the Aces forced 11 Sun miscues, turning them into 7 points.

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson has scored in double figures in 34 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2019 season (14 points tonight). She has scored in double figures 82 times in her 85-game career.

The Aces blocked 13 shots which is the second most blocked shots in a game for the team in franchise history and the most in a WNBA game this season besting the 12 blocks the team had in its last game vs. Los Angeles. The 25 blocked shots by the Aces in their past 2 games tied the WNBA record for most blocks by a team in consecutive games.

Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 102nd time in her career (10 points) and the 6th straight game in the regular season.

Chelsea Gray scored in double figures for the 121st time in her career (13 points).

Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 83rd time in her career and the 2nd time this season (12 points).

Liz Cambage scored the 2,000th point of her career in the 3rd quarter.

The Aces bench outscored the Sun bench 15-0.

Las Vegas’ 1 offensive rebound tied a franchise record fro fewest offensive boards in a game.

NEXT OPPONENT

Las Vegas heads to Phoenix, Wednesday, May 26for a 7:00 pm PT tip against the Mercury.