LAS VEGAS (May 23, 2022)—The Las Vegas Aces (7-1) used a 23-3 run to close out the first quarter and led by as many as 36 points in the second half en route to a 104-76 victory over the visiting Sparks (2-5).
First Quarter (Las Vegas 39, Sparks 19)
Tied at 16 with 4:48 to go in the quarter, the Aces went on a 23-3 run to close the period. A’ja Wilson scored 14 points in the quarter, including a pair of three-pointers—the first multi-three-pointer game of her career.
Second Quarter (Las Vegas 57, Sparks 36)
Las Vegas’ lead vacillated between 20 and 28 the entire quarter.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 85, Sparks 56)
The Aces extended their lead to as many as 36.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 104, Sparks 76)
Las Vegas’ lead vacillated between 25 and 30 the entire quarter.
It has been 801 days since Breonna Taylor was murdered.
The Aces made 50.7 percent of their field goals while Los Angeles made 40.0 percent.
The Aces a franchise record 18 of 38 three-pointers, while the Sparks made 5 of 23.
The Sparks outscored the Aces 42-30 in the paint.
Las Vegas outrebounded Los Angeles 42-32
Riquna Williams missed the game with a left foot strain.
The Aces scored 100 or more points for the third time this season.
The Aces 7-1 start tied the 2011 San Antonio squad for the best record through 8 games in franchise history.
Las Vegas set franchise records for made threes in a quarter (7 in the first) in a half (11 in the first) and for a game (18). Those 18 made threes tied the WNBA record for made three-pointers in a game.
Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 10th straight game and the 48th time in her career (19 points). She added a season-high 9 rebounds, and scored the 1,00th point of her career.
Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 15th straight game and the 72nd time in her career (17 points).
Chelsea Gray scored in double figures for the 7th time this season and the 144th time in her carer (14 points).
A’ja Wilson, who scored 9 points her last game, scored 9 in the first 3 minutes this evening and finished with a season-high 24. It is her 7th game this season in double figures and the 115th of her career. It was also her 2nd game scoring 20 or more points this season, and the 56th of her career.
Liz Cambage scored the Sparks first basket of the game, finishing with 10 points in her first game back in Las Vegas, where she played in 2019 and 2021.
Rookie Kierstan Bell scored a career-high 12 points. It was the first double-digit performance of her pro career.
The Aces are now 5-0 in Commissioner’s Cup games.
The Aces hit the road for a Saturday, May 28 game at Chicago. Tip on ABC is 12 pm PT..