INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 28, 2021)—Las Vegas (19-7) added a bit of breathing room between them and third place Seattle (18-9), Saturday, as their, 87-71, road win over the Indiana Fever (5-19) moved them a game-and-a-half ahead of the Storm (18-9), and a half-game back of the Connecticut Sun (19-6) in first place. The Aces hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Seattle, while the Sun have the tie breaker over Las Vegas.
First Quarter (Las Vegas 27, Indiana 17)
There were five lead changes and three ties in the first six-plus minutes of the quarter, but the Aces closed the period scoring 7 straight points, and 15 of the final 18. Six different players scored at least 4 points for Las Vegas, as the Aces took advantage of 5 Fever miscues flipping them into 9 points. Las Vegas outscored Indiana 16-4 in the paint.
Second Quarter (Las Vegas 50, Indiana 31)
The Aces scored the first 7 points of the quarter, and 18 of the first 22 to build a 24-point lead, 45-21, with 5:31 to go before the half.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 74, Indiana 54)
Las Vegas scored 13 of the first 19 points coming out of the break, to take its biggest lead of the game at 26, 63-37. The Fever cut the Aces advantage to 18 late in the quarter.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 87, Indiana 71)
The Aces lead vacillated between 12 and 23 throughout the quarter.
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The Aces shot52.0 percent in the first three quarters as the y built a 20+ point lead, while the Fever made 41.7 percent of their shots.
The Aces outscored the Fever 30-20 in the paint through the first three quarters.
Through the first three quarters the Aces committed 10 turnovers which the Fever flipped into 9 points, while Las Vegas turned 12 Indiana miscues into 15 points.
The Fever made 4 of 15 shots from three-point range, while the Aces went 7 for 12.
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 25th time this season, and the 103rd time in her career (11 points). She played only 21:58 in part due to early foul trouble
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 23rd time this season and the 121st time in her career (12 points).
Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 17th time this season and the 36th time in her career (13 points).
Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 14th time this season (14 points) and the 58th time in her career.
Chelsea Gray scored in double figures for the 15th time this season (13 points) and the 133rd time in her career.
Riquna Williams scored in double figures for the 10th time this season (15 points) and the 110th time in her career.
The Aces have made more three-pointers than their opponents in a game 21 times since moving to Las Vegas including today. They are 19-2 in those games.
Dearica Hamby did not play due to a let ankle sprain. It ended her streak of consecutive games played at 148, which was the second longest active streak in the WNBA. Chelsea Gray has the longest active streak at 155 games.
Las Vegas’ 7 for 12 effort from three-point range (583) is the second best shooting percentage of the year for the team from distance (.647, 11-17, vs. Atlanta, July 4).
The Aces return home for a Thursday, September 2 meeting with the Chicago Sky. Tip is slated for 7 pm PT on MyLVTV.