GAME RECAP: A’ja Wilson’s 22-Point, 16-Rebound Double-Double Propels Aces to 92-86 Win Over Indiana

Palmetto, FL (September 8, 2020)—The Las Vegas Aces continue to control their postseason destiny, thanks to a 92-86 victory over the Indiana Fever, Tuesday evening. With that win, the Aces improve to 15-4, and remain one game back of first-place Seattle (16-3), and a half game up on the Los Angeles Sparks (15-5). Las Vegas closes out the season with “road” games against Minnesota (13-7), Los Angeles, and Seattle. If they win out, they secure the number one seed in the WNBA Playoffs.

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Las Vegas 26, Indiana 18)

Indiana led 9-6, but the Aces went on an 8-0 run to go up five, 14-9.

Second Quarter (Las Vegas 58, Indiana 41)

Las Vegas led 32-25 with 8:12 to go in the half, and went on an 8-0 run over the next 1:11 to lead by 15, 40-25. They scored 9 of the next 13 points to take their largest lead of the period, 49-29.

Third Quarter (Las Vegas 73, Indiana 67)

The Fever opened the quarter on an 11-4 run to close the gap to 10, 62-52, with 6:52 remaining. Indiana outscored the Aces 26-12 in the period, before Las Vegas scored the final three points heading into the fourth.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 92, Indiana 86)

Indiana scored the first four points of the period, but Las Vegas netted 15 of the next 18 to go back up 14, 88-74. The Fever countered by scoring the next 10 points, slicing the advantage to four, 88-84.

KEY STATS

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The Aces went 26 for 32 from the free throw line, while the Fever made 8 of 8.

Las Vegas’ bench outscored the Indiana bench, 39 to 9.

The Aces turned the ball over 9 times, to 13 for Indiana. Las Vegas turned those Fever miscues into 20 points, while Indiana scored 8 off of the Aces turnovers.

Las Vegas outscored Indiana 50 to 32 in the paint.

The Fever made 10 of 23 three-pointers, while the Aces went 2 for 6.

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 19th straight game to start the season, the 27th straight game dating back to last year, and the 75th time in her 78 games as a pro (22 points). She also grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds for her 7th double-double of the season, and 20th of her career.

Angel McCoughtry scored in double figures for the 16th game this season, and the 276th time in her career (15 points).

Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 17th time this season and the 80th time in her career (13 points).

Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 11th time this season and the 18th time in her career (17 points).

The Aces 58  first half points are the second most they have scored in a game this season (60 at Indiana on August 11).

Las Vegas allowed its previous two opponents to make just 5 of 32 shots from three-point range, while Indy made 10 of 23.

Angel McCoughtry moved into 8th place on WNBA career steals list, passing Katie Douglas. She now has 624 for her career. Sancho Lyttle is next on the list with 634 steals.

NEXT OPPONENT

Las Vegas hits the road for its final three games, beginning with a Thursday, September 10 tilt against the Lynx. Tip on ESPN2 is slated for 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.