LAS VEGAS, NV (August 31, 2019)—For the fourth straight game, the Las Vegas Aces found themselves trailing by double digits, but this time they were able to flip the script, outscoring Los Angeles 34-20 in the fourth quarter en route to a 92-86 victory.
Los Angeles outscored the Aces 15-7 over the first 6:54 of the quarter.
The Sparks scored the first three points of the quarter to go up 10, 26-16, but the Aces countered by scoring the next eight to slice the lead to 26-24. Los Angeles scored the next eight points to push the lead back to 10.
The Aces scored the final four points of the third quarter, and the first seven of the fourth to reduce a 12-point deficit to just one, 66-65.
Las Vegas still trailed by four, 70-66, with 7:11 on the clock, but scored 18 of the next 20 to go up by 12, 84-72. The Sparks scored the next seven points, but were never able to get closer than four the rest of the way.
Las Vegas turned the ball over 17 times, and Los Angeles turned them into 18 points. Meanwhile the Sparks turned the ball over 7 times and the Aces turned them into 2 points.
Las Vegas out-rebounded Los Angeles 48 to 27.
The Aces made 47.7 percent of their field goal attempts, while the Sparks made 40.3 percent of theirs. In the fourth quarter, Las Vegas made 78.6 percent of its shots, while Los Angels made 38.9 percent if its shots.
The Aces bench outscored the Sparks bench 44 to 15. Conversely, Los Angeles starters outscored Las Vegas’ 71 to 48.
Las Vegas made 23 of 32 free throws, while the Sparks made 14 of 17.
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 20th time this season (12 points). She added 12 rebounds for her 9th double-double of the year.
Kayla McBride scored in double figures for the 25th time this season (14 points)
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 21st time this season (24 points). She added 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the year.
Carolyn Swords did not play due to concussion protocol.
Epiphanny Prince played her first game of 2019, scoring 10 points on 4 of 6 including 2 or 3 from three-point range.
Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 16th time this season, and 20 or more points for the second time (20 points). She scored 17 of those points in the fourth quarter.
Kelsey Plum tied the franchise record for most points in a quarter with 17 in the fourth (Becky Hammon, September 6, 2011, San Antonio at Los Angeles; Becky Hammon, July 3, 2012 San Antonio vs. Phoenix)
Riquna Williams hit six 3-pointers in the first half
Riquna Williams scored in double figures for the 11th time this season
Riquna Williams scored a season-high 37 points
Riquna Williams tied her own franchise record with seven 3-pointers, a record Chelsea Gray tied on 8/29/19 against the Indiana Fever
Candace Parker reached double-figures in scoring for the 10th time this season
Chelsea Gray reached double-figures in scoring for the 25th time and the 17th straight game
The Sparks gave up a season-high 34 points in the fourth quarter.
The Aces 34 points in a quarter (4th) are the second most they have scored in a quarter this season (35 in the first quarter vs. New York on June 14.
Las Vegas finishes out the regular season with two games on the road beginning with a September 5 game at Atlanta.
With the win, Las Vegas moves into third place, a-half-game ahead of Los Angeles, and a-game-and-a-half ahead of fifth place Chicago.