GAME RECAP: Aces Eke Out 60-56 Win Over Defending Champs

LAS VEGAS (June 25, 2019)—Las Vegas struggled offensively Tuesday evening, but closed the game on a 7-1 run to eke out a 60-56  victory over visiting Seattle.

KEY RUNS

Neither team led by more than eight points the entire game,  but the Aces closed the fourth quarter out with a 7-1 run, turning a  55-53 deficit into a four-point win.

KEY STATS

The Aces outscored the Storm 16-0 in fast break points

Las Vegas went 13 for 18 from the free throw line, while Seattle went 5 for 10. Five of the Aces final seven points came from the charity stripe.

Seattle went 7 for 30 from three-point range, while Las Vegas went 3 for 17.

GAME NOTES

Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 41st straight game, which is the longest active streak in the league (14 points).

Liz Cambage recorded her second double-double of the season (14 points, 13 rebounds)

The win moves the Aces to two games over .500 for the first time since the 2014 season.

Las Vegas (6-4) is now tied for fourth place in the WNBA standings with Sattle (7-5), a half game back of Chicago (6-3), and a game back of the Mystics (7-3).

The Storm started 0-for-7 out of the gate before Jewell Loyd ended the scoring drought at the 6:25 mark with a steal and fast-break layup. However, her night ended early as she was forced to exit the game after sustaining a right ankle sprain on the play.

Despite a cold first quarter, the Storm bench rallied in the second to keep the team alive, accounting for 18  of the Storm’s 32 points at the half.

Storm went on an 11-3 run in the third quarter to take its first lead of the night at the 1:52 mark on a three-pointer by Alysha Clark.

Natasha Howard tallied a season-high four blocks and recorded her fourth double-double of the season in her 12th game with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Last year, Howard notched her fourth double-double in the Storm’s 27th game.

Howard also hit a pair of three-pointers for the first time since Aug. 12 last season (at Minnesota).

Mercedes Russell grabbed 10 rebounds for the Storm, marking her career game with double-digit rebounds.

Crystal Langhorne poured in nine points in the second quarter and finished the night with a season-high 11 points (5-10 FG) to go with four rebounds.

In her third start for the Storm, Shavonte Zellous contributed 11 points, four rebounds and two assists. She started the fourth quarter with six consecutive points for the Storm.

Seattle put up a season-high 30 three-point attempts (its most in a game since 2012) and took a season-low 10 free throw attempts.

NEXT  GAME

Las Vegas heads to Los Angeles, Thursday, for a 7 pm PT tip against the Sparks.