LAS VEGAS, NV (July 17, 2022)—The Las Vegas Aces (18-7) snapped a nine-game losing streak at Mohegan Sun Arena Sunday afternoon, picking up a 91-83 victory over the Connecticut Sun (16-9).
First Quarter (Connecticut 20, Las Vegas 14)
Las Vegas led 14-13 with 3:43 remaining, but the Sun closed out the period scoring 6 straight points. Connecticut held the Aces to 31.6 percent shooting from the field including 1 for 9 from three-point range.
Second Quarter (Connecticut 37, Las Vegas 35)
Connecticut’s lead vacillated between 1 and 6 the entire quarter. Las Vegas forced 7 Sun turnovers and flipped them into 6 points.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 64, Connecticut 58)
The Aces scored the first nine points of the period on a trio of three-pointers—one from Chelsea Gray, and two from Kelsey Plum—over the span of 35 seconds. Las Vegas expanded its lead to 15, 59-44, but the Sun scored 8 straight to slice the advantage to 7.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 91, Connecticut 83)
The Sun cut the Aces lead to one, 64-63 early in the quarter, but Las Vegas scored 18 of the next 21 points to push the advantage back to 16. Connecticut made one more push, cutting the lead to five on two occasions, but the Aces held on for the win.
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Las Vegas scored 33 points off of 22 Connecticut turnovers, while the Sun scored 6 points off of 8 Aces miscues.
The Sun made 47.7 percent of their shots compared to 41.9 percent for the Aces.
Las Vegas went 20 for 24 from the free throw line.
Las Vegas made 9 of 36 three-pointers while the Sun went 7 for 18.
The Aces snapped a nine-game losing streak at the Mohegan Sun. Prior to today, the franchise’ last win in Connecticut came on July 1, 2014. Current Aces Head Coach Becky Hammon played in that game for San Antonio scoring 18 points and handing out 5 assists.
Kelsey Plum made 2 three-pointers on the night. That snapped her streak of nine straight games with at least 3 three-pointers, leaving her tied with Diana Taurasi for the WNBA record. She did extend her streak of consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer to 32 games, which is the longest active streak in the WNBA.
Kelsey Plum’s 2 three-pointers give her 80 on the year, tying her with Head Coach Becky Hammon for the single-season franchise record.
Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 32nd straight game and the 89th time in her career (22 points). It is also the 13th time this season, and the 28th in her career, that she has scored 20 or more points.
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 23rd time this season and the 131st time in her career (20 points). It was her 12th game of 20 or more points this year and the 66th of her career
Chelsea Gray scored in double figure for the 19th time this season and the 156th of her career (season-high tying 21 points). It was also her second game with 20 or more points this year, and the 31st of her career.
Riquna Williams scored in double figures for the 3rd time this season (11 points).
One game after scoring a WNBA-record 71 first-half points, the Aces were held to 35 in the first half today.
Jonquel Jones did not play for the Sun due to being in health & safety protocols.
The Aces return home for three games this week beginning with a Tuesday, July 19 game against the Atlanta Dream. Tip on MyLVTV is at 7 pm PT.