LAS VEGAS (June 2, 2019)—The Las Vegas Aces (1-2) had to rely on their bench for the second straight game, and for the second straight game it wasn’t quite enough as the Connecticut Sun (3-1) scored eight of the last 10 points, Sunday afternoon, to pick up the 80-74 victory.
The Aces found themselves trailing 16-13 in the first quarter, but they scored the next 10 points to go up 23-16.
Las Vegas extended its lead to 10 points midway through the second, but the Sun. scored 14 of the next 16 points to regain the lead.
From that point on, neither team led by more than five points until the final two minutes. The Aces led 72-71 with 4:21 to go, but Connecticut scored the next nine points to secure the win
The Aces committed a season-high 21 turnovers which the Sun turned into 32 points. That is the most turnovers the team has committed in a game since July 1, 2018 at Los Angeles (22).
The Aces made 43.8 percent of their shots from the field, while the Sun made 33.8 percent of theirs. However, Connecticut took 14 more shots than Las Vegas due in large part to the Aces’ 21 turnovers.
The Aces bench scored 40 points which is the most the team’s reserves has scored since June 3, 2018 in a loss at Chicago.
The Sun starters scored 70 of the team’s 80 points.
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 36th straight time to start her career (19 points). That is the second longest such streak to start a career in WNBA history (Cynthia Cooper).
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 34th straight game (14 points).
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game dating back to the end of last season (10 points).
The Aces travel to Atlanta to take on the Dream on Thursday, June 6 at 4 pm PT