GAME RECAP: Aces Upend Seattle, 96-80, To Split Season-Opening Series

Seattle, WA (May 18, 2021)—The Las Vegas Aces flipped the script on the Seattle Storm Tuesday evening, evening their record at 1-1 with a 96-80 road win. Jackie Young scored a career-high 21 points, and added a career-high tying 10 rebounds in the win.

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KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Las Vegas 31, Seattle 14)

Las Vegas scored on their first 5 possessions (4-4 FGs, 2-2 FTs) to lead 10-2. Five different players scored during the run. The Storm sliced the Aces’ advantage to two, 16-14, with 4:07 remaining, but Las Vegas scored the final 15 points of the quarter.

Second Quarter (Las Vegas 45, Seattle 31)

 Las Vegas extended its lead to 21, 39-18, with 2:25 gone in the period, but Seattle scored 11 of the next 15 points to close the gap to 14.

Third Quarter (Las Vegas 66, Seattle 62)

Seattle scored the first six points out of the break to make it an eight-point game, 45-37. The Aces pushed the lead back out to as many as 11, but a Katie Lou Samuelson heave from just inside half court at the buzzer cut Las Vegas’ advantage to four, 66-62.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 96, Seattle 80)

The Aces opened the fourth on a 15-4 run to go back up by 15, and led by double-digits the rest of the way.

KEY STATS

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Las Vegas went 16 for 18 from the free throw line, while Seattle went 9 for 12. In Saturday’s loss, the Aces went 10 for 12 from the charity stripe.

Seattle went 7 for 25 from three-point range, while Las Vegas made 6 of 15 from long distance.

Jackie Young, who didn’t take any free throws in the first game of the season, went 8 for 8 in the first quarter, and finished 10 for 10.

Las Vegas outscored Seattle 48-32 in the paint.

The Aces outscored the Storm 15-10 in fast break points.

Las Vegas’ bench outscored the Seattle bench 18-10.

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson has scored in double figures in 32 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2019 season (18 points tonight). She has scored in double figures 80 times in her 83-game career.

Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 21st time in her career (career-high 21 points), and the 2nd time this season. She also added a career-high tying 10 rebounds for her second career double-double.

Wilson added 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the year, and the 21st of her career.

Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 100th time in her career (18 points).

Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 46th time in her career (10 points).

Chelsea Gray scored in double figures for the 119th time in her career (11 points) and the first time this season.

Riquna Williams scored in double figures for the 101st time in her career (10 points), and the first time this season.

Destiny Slocum made her WNBA debut in the fourth quarter.

NEXT OPPONENT

Las Vegas remains returns home, Friday, May 21, for the team’s home opener against the Los Angeles Sparks.  Tip is slated for 7:30 pm PT.