ARLINGTON, TX (August 4, 2022)—The Las Vegas Aces (22-10) had a chance to send the game into overtime, Thursday evening, but A’ja Wilson’s layup with 1.5 seconds to go in regulation came up just short as the Dallas Wings (15-16) escaped with an 82-80 win.
First Quarter (Dallas 24, Las Vegas 17)
Las Vegas led 11-8 early, but the Wings scored nine straight to go up six, 17-11, with 3:58 on the clock. The Aces made 35.0 percent of their shots in the quarter including 2 of 10 from three-point range.
Second Quarter (Dallas 42, Las Vegas 35)
The Wings scored the first four points of the period to go up by double digits for the first time on the evening. They eventually led by as many as 14, but Las Vegas closed out the half scoring the final 5 points. Chelsea Gray led all scorers with 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field, including 2 of 4 from three-point range. Dallas made 51.5 percent of its shots before the intermission, compared to 38.5 percent for the Aces.
Third Quarter (Dallas, 64, Las Vegas 58)
An 11-2 run early in the third put Dallas up 15, 55-40. It was still a 14-point Wings advantage, 64-50, with 2:43 to go, but the Aces scored the final eight points of the period.
Fourth Quarter (Dallas 82, Las Vegas 80)
Dallas scored the first 8 points of the final stanza to lead by 14, with 8:28 remaining. Las Vegas went on a 13-2 run to slice the advantage to three, holding the Wings scoreless for more than 3 minutes during one stretch of play. The Aces managed to tie the score at 80 on a pull-up jumper from Chelsea Gray, but Teaira McCowan’s lay up with 11.1 seconds to go proved to be the winning basket. Kelsey Plum scored a game-high 10 points in the quarter, and Gray added 8.
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The Wings made 47.1 percent of their field goal attempts, while the Aces made 44.9 percent.
The Aces, who lead the WNBA in free throw attempts per game, took just 8 which is their lowest total of the season.
Dallas’ bench outscored the Aces bench 25-2.
The Wings out-rebounded Las Vegas 37-32, including 14-8 on the offensive glass.
Dallas outscored the Aces 17-9 in second chance points.
Las Vegas outscored the Wings 11-6 in fast break points.
Dallas outscored the Aces 36-26 in points in the paint.
Dallas was without the services of Arike Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally.
Kelsey Plum extended her streak of consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer to 39, which is the longest active streak in the WNBA.
Kelsey Plum’s 3 three-pointers give her 100 on the year, extending her franchise single-season record. She now holds the WNBA record for most threes in a season by somebody not named Diana Taurasi. Taurasi holds the league record with 121 three-pointers in a season.
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Chelsea Gray scored in double figures for the 23rd time this season and the 160th time in her career (28 points). It was also her 4th game of 20 or more points on the year, and the 33rd of her career. It was the highest scoring game of her Aces career, and her 5 made threes were also a career high during her time in Las Vegas.
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 30th time this season and the 138th time in her career (12 points). She just missed out on her 16th double-double of the year with nine rebounds.
Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 27th time this season and the 66th time in her career (19 points).
Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 31st time this season and the 95th time in her career (15 points).
Las Vegas 8 free throw attempts is their second lowest figure since moving to Las Vegas (7 on June 6, 2019 vs. Atlanta)
The Aces remain on the road, traveling to Seattle for a Sunday, August 7 tilt against the Storm. Tip is slated for 12:00 pm PT on ABC. That will conclude a six-game, 13-day road trip for Las Vegas—one of the longest road trips in WNBA history.