GAME RECAP: Aces Secure Four Seed With 98-89 Win Over Mercury

PHOENIX, AZ (September 8, 2019)—The 2019 WNBA Playoff field is set, and Las Vegas earned a bye into the second round by virtue of their 98-89 victory over Phoenix, Sunday. As the four seed, the Aces will host the highest remaining seed coming out of the 5 vs. 8 and 6 vs. 7 First Round match-ups. The game will be played Sunday, September 15 at the Thomas And Mack Center. Tip is slated for 2 pm PT, and tickets are available at UNLVTickets.com.

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Mercury  27, Aces 25)

Neither team led by more than two points in the entire quarter.

Second Quarter (Aces 52, Mercury 48)

Las Vegas turned a one-point lead, 41-40, into a six-point advantage with a 5-0 run late in the quarter

Third Quarter (Aces 76, Mercury 75)

The Las Vegas lead vaciliated between one and seven throughout the entire quarter.

Fourth Quarter (Aces 98, Mercury 89)

Phoenix went on a 6-0 run beginning with 4:20 to go in the game to turn a four-point Aces’ lead, 87-84, into a two-point Merc advantage.

Las Vegas closed the game on a 11-0 run.

KEY STATS

Las Vegas turned the ball over 14 times, which Phoenix converted into 12 points. The Mercury turned the ball over 15 times, which the Aces turned into 18 points.

The Aces bench scored 33 points on 13 for 30 shooting from the field, including 3 for 9 from three-point range.

Phoenix went 4 for 20 from three-point range, while Las Vegas went 5 for 13.

The Aces outscored the Mercury 46 to 38 in points in the paint

Phoenix went 27  for 32 from the line, while Las Vegas made 19 of 22.

GAME NOTES

Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 29th time this season (21 points), and 20 or more points for the sixth time this year.

A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 23rd time this season (20 points), and 20 or more points for the seventh time. She did not miss a shot (6 for 6 from the field, 8 for 8  from the free throw line).

Wilson and Cambage each scored 20 or more points for the second time this season. They are 2-0 in those games.

Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 21st time this season (12 points)

Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 17th time this season (10 points).

Carolyn Swords missed her third straight game undergoing concussion protocol

Epiphanny Prince scored the 3,000th point of her career with a three-pointer in second quarter.

Las Vegas is now 27-1 over the last two seasons and 15-0 this year when out-shooting and out-rebounding an opponent.

The Aces are 8-0 on the year when making more threes than their opponents.