LAS VEGAS, NV (August 28, 2022)—Las Vegas and Seattle found themselves locked in a defensive struggle Sunday afternoon, but the Storm withstood a late Aces’ rally to win Game One of the WNBA Semifinals Series, 76-73.
First Quarter (Sueattle 26, Las Vegas 15)
The storm scored 15 of the first 19 points of the game. The Storm forced the Aces into 4 turnovers which they flipped into 7 points, while holding Las Vegas to 27.8 percent shooting from the field.
Second Quarter (Sueattle 43, Las Vegas 36)
The Aces trailed by 11, 30-19, but scored 8 straight to slice the advantage to 3. Kelsey Plum (9 points), Chelsea Gray (6) and A’ja Wilson (6) scored all of the Aces’ points in the quarter, as Las Vegas outshot Seattle 52.9 to 35.0 percent.
Third Quarter (Sueattle 60, Las Vegas 57)
The Storm’s lead vacillated between 2 and 9 throughout the quarter.
Fourth Quarter (Sueattle 76, Las Vegas 73)
Back-to-back threes from Kelsey Plum and Riquna Williams gave the Aces their first lead of the game, 65-64, with 6:15 on the clock. Las Vegas led by as many as 3 on 3 occasions, the last coming with 3:44 remaining, 71-68. Las Vegas went just 1 for 5 with 3 turnovers to close out the game. Jewell Loyd scored 10 points over the final 10 minutes, and Seattle scored 7 points off of 5 Las Vegas turnovers.
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The Storm outscored Aces 16-0 in fast break points.
The Aces committed 11 turnovers which the Storm flipped into 19 points, while Sueattle had 7 miscues which Las Vegas turned into 9 points.
Tina Charles grabbed a Seattle playoff record 18 rebounds.
Kelsey Plum has scored 20 or more points in 7 of her last 8 playoff games (20 on the night).
Chelsea Gray shot 9 for 15 from the field, and is now 24 for 35 in the playoffs this season (.686). That would be the highest field goal percentage ever in the postseason for a player with at least 35 attempts should she maintain it.
Kiah Stokes took a season-high 7 shots on the day. Her previous high was six in Game One of the First Round of the Playoffs. During the regular season, her season-high was five field goal attempts.
The Aces and Storm play Game Two of their best-two-out-of-three Semifinals series on Wednesday, August 31. Tip on ESPN2 is 7 pm PT.