GAME RECAP: Turnovers Prevent Aces From Clinching Playoff Berth In, 76-62, Loss To Sun

UNCASVILLE, CT (August 24, 2021)—The Aces (17-7) will have to wait to punch their ticket to the 2021 WNBA Playoffs as the Connecticut Sun (18-6) took advantage of 14 Las Vegas turnovers, flipping them into 26 points in a 76-62 victory.

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KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Connecticut 19, Las Vegas 15)

The Aces led by 5 on two occasions, but a 9-0 Sun run late in the quarter gave Connecticut the lead. Riquna Williams led all scorers with 7 points, and added 3 rebounds to lead the Aces.

Second Quarter (Connecticut 40, Las Vegas 32)

Las Vegas scored the first 7 points of the period to go back on top, 22-19. The Sun countered with a 7-0 run of their own, and scored the final 6 points of the period for their largest lead of the game of 8. Briann January scored 10 points in the quarter to lead all scorers. The Aces ended the half with 8 turnovers, which Connecticut flipped into 14 points.

Third Quarter (Connecticut 58, Las Vegas 54)

Connecticut scored the first 6 points of the quarter to go up 14. Las Vegas chipped away at the lead and closed the period on a 7-1 run to trail by 4.

Fourth Quarter (Connecticut 76, Las Vegas 62)

The Sun scored the first 6 points of the final quarter to push their lead back to double digits, where it remained for almost the entirety of the remainder of the game.

KEY STATS

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The Aces committed 14 turnovers which the Sun flipped into 26 points. Connecticut had 14 miscues, which Las Vegas turned into 12 points.

The Sun outscored the aces 11-3 in second chance points.

Connecticut made 44.8 percent of its field goal attempts, while Las Vegas made 39.7 percent its shots.

Las Vegas made 9 of 10 free throws, while Connecticut went 10 for 12.

The Sun made 6 of 18 shots from three-point range, while the Aces went 3 for 9.

Las Vegas’ bench outscored the Sun reserves 19-8 .

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson had her streak of consecutive double-digit scoring performances snapped at 53 (career-low 4 points).

The Aces have been held below 70 points 5 times this year, 3 times by Connecticut (67, 65, and a season-low 62 today).

Las Vegas’ 9 made free throws and 10 free throw attempts are both season lows.

Las Vegas was held below 40 percent shooting for just the fourth time this season (.397).

Chelsea Gray scored in double figures for the 14th time this season and the 132nd time in her career (15 points). She scored the 2,500th point of her career in the first quarter.

Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 21st time this season and the 119th time in her career (13 points).

Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 13th time this season and the 94th time in her career (13 points).

NEXT OPPONENT

The Aces travel to Atlanta, Thursday, August 26 for a 4 pm PT tip against the Dream.