Palmetto, FL (September 3, 2020)—The Las Vegas Aces (13-4) got back on the winning track, Tuesday, as A’ja Wilson (24 points), Jackie Young (20) and Dearica Hamby (20) each reached the 20-point threshold to propel the Aces to a 93-78 win over the Connecticut Sun (8-10). The victory helped the Aces keep pace with Seattle (14-3) and Los Angeles (13-4) in the race for a top two seed in the 2020 WNBA playoffs.
First Quarter (Las Vegas 22, Connecticut 16)
Connecticut led 11-6, with 6:25 to go in the quarter, when the Aces rattled off 7 straight points, and 14 of the next 17, to take their first lead of the game.
Second Quarter (Las Vegas 43, Connecticut 36)
Las Vegas’ lead vacillated between 2 and 9 throughout the period.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 71, Connecticut 61)
The Aces led 57-49 with 5:29 to go, and went on a 10-4 run to increase their lead to 14, 67-53.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 93, Connecticut 78)
Las Vegas led by double digits for the entirety of the fourth quarter.
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The Aces bench outscored the Sun bench 42-27.
Las Vegas turned the ball over 10 times, and Connecticut turned them into 7 points. The Sun committed 22 turnovers, which the Aces flipped into 28 points.
The Sun made 24 of 29 shots from the free throw line, while the Aces went 12 for 12 (Second time that Las Vegas’ opponent has taken more free throws in a game than the Aces this season).
Connecticut grabbed 17 offensive rebounds to just 17 defensive rebounds for the Aces (most offensive rebounds the Aces have given up this year).
The Sun outscored the Aces 22 to 10 on second chance points.
Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 9th time this season, and the 16th time in her career (career-high tying 20 points, and her second consecutive game with 20 points).
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 17th straight game to start the season, the 25th straight game dating back to last year, and the 72nd time in her 74 games as a pro (24). It was also her 11th time scoring 20 or more points this year, and the 36th of her career.
Angel McCoughtry scored in double figures for the 14th game this season, and the 274th time in her career (11 points).
Kayla McBride scored in double figures for the 12th time this season, and the 144th time in her career (14 points).
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 15th time this season and the 78th time in her career (20 points, tying her season high).
A’ja Wilson extended her streak of consecutive made free throws to 25.
The last time the Aces had three players score at least 20 points in the same game was May 27, 2018 (A’ja Wilson, 27; Nia Coffey, 23; Kayla McBride, 21) vs. Seattle.
Las Vegas remains on the road this weekend as they travel to Palmetto, Florida, Saturday, to take on the Atlanta Dream beginning at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT.