LAS VEGAS, NV (July 29, 2022)—The Las Vegas Aces (21-8) moved to within a half game of front-running Chicago (21-7) Friday evening, pending the outcome of the Sky’s game against the liberty later that night, with a, 93-72, road win over the Indiana Fever (5-26).
First Quarter (Las Vegas 22, Indiana 15)
The Aces led 17-15, and closed out the quarter by scoring five straight over the last minute of play. Las Vegas outshot Indiana 62.5 percent to 35.3 percent. The Fever turned 5 Aces miscues into 7 points.
Second Quarter (Las Vegas 54, Indiana 37)
Te Fever got the Aces advantage to one, 25-24, with 7:21 remaining before intermission. Las Vegas scored six straight to push the lead back to seven, and closed the period on an 8-0 run for their largest lead of the evening. A’ja Wilson scored 12 points in the quarter, and Kelsey Plum added 10, going a perfect 4 for 4 from the floor, including 2 for 2 from distance.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 76, Indiana 59)
The Aces opened the second half by scoring 7 consecutive points. The Fever cut the lead back down to 13, 63-50, but Las Vegas countered with a 10-2 run to go back up by 22 with 2:28 on the clock.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 93, Indiana 72)
The Aces led by 20 or more points for nearly the entirety of the period. All but 6:32 of the 50:00 player minutes in the quarter were logged by the reserves.
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The Aces made 52.8 percent of their field goal attempts, while Indiana made 36.8 percent.
The Fever forced the Aces into 19 turnovers, which they flipped into 20 points. Meanwhile Indiana committed 14 miscues, which Las Vegas turned into 10 points.
Las Vegas grabbed 15 offensive rebounds to 9 for Indiana, and out-rebounded the Fever overall 41-28
The Aces beat the Fever for the 7th straight games, and the 15th time in the last 16 meetings
Las Vegas’ 52.8 shooting from the field was its third highest percentage of the season.
Kelsey Plum extended her streak of consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer to 36, which is the longest active streak in the WNBA.
Kelsey Plum’s 3 three-pointers give her 91 on the year, extending her franchise single-season record. That breaks the record for most threes in a season by somebody not named Diana Taurasi (Katie Smith in 2000). Taurasi holds the league record with 121 three-pointers in a season.
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A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 27th time this season and the 135th time in her career (22 points). It was her 16th game of 20 or more points this year and the 70th of her career, which extends her franchise record for most 20-point games in a career. It is also the 8th straight game in which she has scored 20 or more points which is also a franchise record. The WNBA record is 13 straight games by Diana Taurasi.
Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 24th time this season and the 64th time in her career (15 points).
The Aces remain in Indiana for a Sunday, July 31 meeting against the Fever. Tip is slated for 12:00 pm PT.