LAS VEGAS (June 30, 2021)—Las Vegas moved into a first place tie with Seattle, Wednesday evening, as six different players scored in double figures in a 99-75 road win over Los Angeles. The victory improved the Aces to 12-4 on the year, which ties the 2020 team for the best 16-game start in team history.
First Quarter (Las Vegas 28, Los Angeles 19)
Neither team led by more than 4 points throughout the first eight-and-a-half minutes, but the Aces closed the period on a 10-0 run. Jackie Young scored 11 points for the Aces making all 5 of her shots from the field and her lone free throw attempt. Amanda Zahui B led all scorers with 14. Dearica Hamby was on the court for 4:12, and the Aces were +11 during that time. Las Vegas outscored the Sparks 16-4 in the paint.
Second Quarter (Las Vegas 56, Los Angeles 37)
It was still a seven-point Aces advantage early in the second, but Las Vegas scored 11 straight to increase its lead to 18, 39-21, with 5:19 to go in the half. The Sparks shot just 33.3 percent in the period. A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 8 points in the quarter, despite playing just 4:57.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 80, Los Angeles 59)
The Aces’ lead vacillated between 16 and 21 points the entire quarter. A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 8 points in the period.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 99, Los Angeles 75)
The Aces’ lead vacillated between 19 and 26 points the entire quarter. Las Vegas held Los Angeles to 31.2 percent shooting in the final period.
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Las Vegas shot 45.7 percent from the field, while the Sparks shot 34.1 percent.
The Aces went 18 for 19 from the free throw line, while Los Angeles made 12 of 17
Las Vegas outscored the Sparks 52-30 in the paint.
The Aces outscored Los Angeles 17-5 on fast break points.
Las Vegas out-rebounded the Sparks 55-39.
Every member of the Aces scored, and grabbed a rebound, and all but one handed out an assist.
The Aces grabbed 55 rebounds, which is the second most in franchise history (June 16, 2006 vs. Minnesota), and the most by a WNBA team this season.
Las Vegas grabbed 43 defensive rebounds, which is the most in franchise history, and the most in a regulation game in WNBA history.
A’ja Wilson has scored in double figures in 46 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2019 season (17 points tonight). She has scored in double figures 94 times in her 97-game career. Wilson added 10 rebounds for her 7th double-double of the year and the 27th of her career. It is her 3rd consecutive double-double, and 6th in her last 8 games.
Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 8th time this season, and the 52nd time in her career (11 points). She added a season-high tying 7 assists.
Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 11th time this season, and the 30th time in her career (18 points).
Riquna Williams scored in double figures for the 7th time this season, and the 107th time in her career (14 points). She also grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds which is one off her career high.
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 9th time this season, and the 90th of her career.
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 15th time this season, and the 113th time of her career. She also added 12 rebounds for her 6th double-double of the season, and the 39th of her career.
The Aces 12-4 record is tied for the fastest 16-game start in franchise history with the 2020 team.
Las Vegas remains in Los Angeles to take on the Sparks on Friday, July 2 at 7 pm.