LAS VEGAS, NV (September 15, 2019)—Dearica Hamby’s steal and 35-footer with 4.6 remaining gave the Las Vegas Aces a 93-92 victory in the Second Round of the WNBA Playoffs.
Las Vegas led by two, 4-2, when Chicago scored 10 of the next 12 points to go up 12-6. A 6-0 run late in the quarter gave them their biggest lead of the quarter at 12, 29-17.
Trailing 35 to 21 early in the second, Las Vegas scored 21 of the next 24 points to lead by three, 42-29, with 3:57 to go.
Chicago closed the half scoring nine straight to take a 51-45 lead into the locker room.
Las Vegas trailed by 10, 62-52 with 6:41 to go in the quarter, and scored 11 straight points to go up 63-62.
The Aces led 90-85 with 3:32 to go, but Chicago scored seven straight to go up, 92-90. Dearica Hamby then stole the ball and launched her 35-footer.
Las Vegas committed 18 turnovers which Chicago turned into 24 points, while the Sky committed 9 turnovers which the Aces turned into 13 points.
Las Vegas went 23 for 29 from the free throw line while Chicago went 11 for 14
The Sky made 9 of 32 three-pointers, while the Aces went 6 for 13.
Las Vegas out-rebounded Chicago 44 to 36.
Las Vegas trailed by as many as 14 in the game. In the regular season, the Aces came back from three double-digit deficits to win—June 16 at Minnesota (down 14); July 13 at Washington (15); and August 31 vs. Los Angeles (13).
This is Las Vegas’ first playoff win as a franchise since the San Antonio Silver Stars beat Phoenix in 2011.
A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Dearica Hamaby, and Jackie Young played in their first-ever postseason game.
A’ja Wilson scored the first playoff points in Aces history with a pair of free throws 56 seconds into the game.
Liz Cambage recorded her second career postseason double-double in two career games (23 points and 17 rebounds). Those 17 rebounds were the second most by a player in franchise history (18 by Sophia Young on August 30, 2007 vs. Phoenix). She added a franchise postseason record 6 blocks, and became the first player since Lisa Leslie in 2001 to record a 20+ point, 15+ rebounds, 5+ block game
Courtney Vandersloot became the first player with back-to-back double-digit assist games since Nikki Teasley in 2003.
The Aces grabbed a franchise postseason record 42 rebounds.
Las Vegas heads to #1 seed Washington for Games 1 and 2 of the WNBA Semifinals on Tuesday, September 17 (5:30 pm PT) and Thursday, September 19 (5:30 pm PT). Game 3 would be at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday, September 22 at 2 pm PT.