LAS VEGAS (June 19, 2022)—The Las Vegas Aces (13-2) erased a 14-point, first-half deficit Sunday afternoon, and held on to a 96-95 victory over the visiting Minnesota Lynx (3-13). A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum combined for 33 points after the intermission en route to a 57-point half for the Aces.
First Quarter (Las Vegas 22, Minnesota 22)
An early 7-0 Lynx run put Minnesota up by 5. Minny still led by 5 with 1:46 to go in the period, but the Aces scored 7 of the last 9 points to tie the score.
Second Quarter (Minnesota 50, Las Vegas 39)
Minnesota led 31-30 nearly 5 minutes into the second. The Lynx scored 8 straight and 12 of the next 14 to go up 12, 43-32. Minnesota made 8 of 18 threes in the half, while Las Vegas wen 3 for 14.
Third Quarter (Minnesota 74, Las Vegas 73)
Minnesota scored the first 3 points of the quarter, but the Aces countered with a 20-4 run to regain the lead. Kelsey Plum scored 13 points in the period.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 96, Minnesota 95)
The Lynx led 82-79 with 7:08 remaining. Las Vegas scored 12 of the next 14 points to go up 7, 91-84, and they never relinquished the lead.
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The Aces went 17 for 20 from the free throw line while the Lynx made 6 of 7.
The Lynx made 48.8 percent of their shots compared to 44.9 percent for the Aces.
The Aces starters outscored the Lynx’ starters 91-61. Minnesota’s bench outscored Las Vegas’ 34-5.
Las Vegas committed 6 turnovers which the Lynx flipped into 6 points, while Minnesota committed 12 miscues, which the Aces turned into 18 points.
The Aces outscored the Lynx 20-3 in fast break points.
The Lynx outscored the Ace 13-2 in second chance points.
Riquna Williams missed the game with a left foot strain.
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Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 22nd straight game and the 79th time in her career (21 points). She also connected on 2 three-pointer, making it 22 straight games in which she has connected on at least one from long distance—the longest active streak in the league.
Chelsea Gray scored in double figures for the 13th time this season and the 150th in her career (16 points). She also added a season-high tying 9 assists.
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 13th time this season, and the 111th time in her career (16 points).
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 13th time this season and the 121st time in her career (25 points). She also scored 20 or more points for the 7th time this year, and the 61st time in her career.
Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 12th time this season, and the 52nd time in her career (13 points).
Minnesota’s Jessica Shepard came within one rebound of becoming the 14th player in WNBA history to record a 20-point, 20-rebound game (22 points, 19 rebounds).
The Aces remain at home this Tuesday, June 21 to take on the Chicago Sky. Tip on MyLTV is slated for 7 pm PT.