LAS VEGAS (September 13, 2021)—Las Vegas took one step closer to securing the No. 2 seed in the 2021 WNBA postseason, Monday afternoon, as the Aces erased a 12-point first half Dallas lead en route to an 85-75 victory. Kelsey Plum poured in 30 points off the bench, outscoring the Wings reserves by herself, 30-8.
|Through games played Monday, September 13, the Aces can finish no lower than 3rd in the WNBA standings.
Minnesota owns the head-to-head tie-breaker over Las Vegas (Aces Magic Number vs. Lynx is 1).
First Quarter (Dallas 29, Las Vegas 19)
Dallas led by four, 21-17 late in the quarter, but an 8-0 run pushed their lead into double digits. The Wings went 5 for 7 from three-point range. In the previous two meetings between the teams, Dallas made 5 and 7 threes in the entire game. Arike Ogunbowale led all scorers with 11 points.
Second Quarter (Dallas 45, Las Vegas 36)
The Wings lead vacillated between 6 and 13 points the entire quarter. The Aces held the Wings to 35.3 percent shooting from the field in the period.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 61, Dallas 57)
Dallas led by 10, 51-41 with 6:12 to go in the period, but the Aces scored 8 straight and 20 of the final 26 points of the quarter. Kelsey Plum outscored the Wings by herself 13-12.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 85, Dallas 75)
The Wings cut the Aces advantage to four on two occasions early in the quarter, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way. Kelsey Plum scored 13 points in the quarter going 4 for 4 from the field, 3 for 3 from three-point range, and 2 for 2 from the free throw line.
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The Wings went 5 for 7 from three-point range in the first quarter, but just 2 for 19 the rest of the way.
Las Vegas made 7 of 19 three-pointers while Dallas went 7 for 26.
Dallas outrebounded the Aces 40-33 including 12 to 5 on the offensive glass
Las Vegas made 47.7 percent of its field goal attempts, while the Wings made 41.9 percent of theirs.
The Aces made 16 of 21 free throws, while the Wings went 6 for 7.
Kelsey Plum outscored the Dallas bench 30-8.
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 29th time this season, and the 107th time in her career (21 points). It was the 15th time this season and the 55th time in her career that she has scored 20 or more points in a game. She also grabbed 12 rebounds for her 16th double-double of the year and the 36th of her career.
Riquna Williams scored in double figures for the 14th time this season (16 points) and the 114th time in her career.
Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 18th time this season (30 points) and the 62nd time in her career. It was also her 6th time scoring 20 or more points this year, and the 13th of her career.
The Aces are on the road for the final two games of the regular season beginning with a Friday, September 17 game at Chicago. Tip is slated for 5:00 pm PT.