GAME RECAP: Jackie Young’s Career 29 Points Powers Aces To, 102-81, Win Over Minnesota

LAS VEGAS (September 8, 2021)—The Aces put some distance between themselves and Minnesota in the race for one of the top two spots in the WNBA playoffs, Wednesday evening, as Jackie Young poured in a career-high 29 points, and Chelsea Gray dished out a franchises-record 14 assist in a 102-81 victory over the Lynx.

Team W L GB
Connecticut 22 6
Las Vegas 21 8 1.5
Seattle 20 10 3.0
Phoenix 19 10 3.5
Minnesota 18 10 4.0
Through games played Wednesday, September 8, the Aces can finish no lower than fifth in the WNBA standings.
Las Vegas owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Seattle (Aces Magic Number vs. Storm is 1).
Minnesota owns the head-to-head tie-breaker over Las Vegas (Aces Magic Number vs. Lynx is 2).
Las Vegas and Phoenix split their first two meetings, and play again on the last day of the regular season (Aces Magic Number vs. Mercury is 2).


KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Minnesota 27, Las Vegas 27)

The Lynx jumped out to an early six-point lead, 12-6, but the Aces countered with a 7-0 run of their own. There were 4 lead changes and 4 ties in the game. Jackie Young and Riquna Williams combined to shoot 7 for 9 from the field and score 17 points.

Second Quarter (Las Vegas 55, Minnesota 41)

The Aces opened the quarter on an 8-2 run to secure their largest lead of the game up to that point, 35-29. An 8-0 run midway through the period, put Las Vegas up 16, 52-36

Third Quarter (Las Vegas 74,  Minnesota 69)

The Aces lead vacillated between 10 and 17 the entire period. Jackie Young scored 10 points in the quarter on 5 of 8 shooting.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 102, Minnesota 81)

The Lynx sliced the Aces’ lead to 9, 76-67, with 7:51 to go in the game. Las Vegas went on a 15-4 run to put the game out of reach. Jackie Young scored a game-high 8 points in the quarter, making all 4 of her field goal attempts.

KEY STATS

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Las Vegas made 55.1 percent of its field goal attempts, while the Lynx made 45.5 percent of theirs.

The Aces made 12 of 14 free throws, while the Lynx went 4 for 5.

Las Vegas outscored Minnesota in the paint, 52-30.

The Lynx went 7 for 22 from three-point range, while the Aces made 4 of 10 shots from distance.

The Aces turned the ball over a franchise-record-low 5 times.

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 28th time this season, and the 106th time in her career (20 points). It was the 14th time this season and the 54th time in her career that she has scored 20 or more points in a game.

Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 17th time this season (13 points) and the 61st time in her career.

Riquna Williams scored in double figures for the 13th time this season (16 points) and the 113rd time in her career.

Jackie Young scored a career-high 29 points, which was her 19th time scoring in double figures this year and the 38th time in her career. She also set career highs in made field goals (14), and field goal attempts (19). Her 14 made field goals are the most in franchise history by a player not named A’ja Wilson. It was her 6th time scoring 20 or more points in a game. She also grabbed a career-high tying 10 rebounds.

Chelsea Gray handed out a franchise record and career-high 14 assists.

NEXT OPPONENT

The Aces remain in Las Vegas to host the Dallas Wings on Monday, September 13. Tip is slated for 12 pm PT.