GAME RECAP: Wilson Scores 26, McCoughtry Adds 24 As Aces Top Sparks, 86-82

Palmetto, FL (August 7, 2020)—The Las Vegas Aces (4-2) got a season-high 26 points from two-time All-Star A’ja Wilson Friday evening, and an additional 24 from five-time All-Star Angel McCoughtry, to run their winning streak to three straight with an 86-82 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Sparks (3-3).

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Las Vegas 22, Los Angeles 19)

Neither team led by more than five points in the period.

Second Quarter (Las Vegas 43, Los Angeles 42)

Las Vegas scored the first nine points of the quarter to go up 12, 31-19. The Aces still led by 10, 39-29, with 3:32 left in the half, but Los Angeles scored 13 of the final 17 points of the half to cut the lead to one, 43-42

Third Quarter (Los Angeles 64, Las Vegas 63)

The game was tied two times, and the lead changed hands five times, but neither team led by more than 5 points in the quarter.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 86, Los Angeles 82)

The Sparks increased their lead to three, 71-68, with 6:06 to go in the game, but the Aces scored 10 of the next 12 to hold off Los Angeles.

KEY STATS

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Las Vegas shot 50.0 percent from the field, while the Sparks made 41.7 percent of their shots.

The Aces went 4-7 from three-point range, while the Los Angeles went 6 for 20

Las Vegas outrebounded the Sparks 42-33.

The Aces’ bench outscored the Sparks’ bench 29 to 16.

GAME NOTES

The Aces are now 11-1 since moving to Las Vegas when making more three-pointers than their opponent, including 10-0 over the last 2 seasons.

A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 6th straight game to start the season, and the 62nd time in her 65-game career (season-high 26 points). It was also her 4th game of 20 or more points this year, and the 29th of her career.

Angel McCoughtry scored in double figures for the 5th game this season, and the 265th time in her career (24 points). It was also her 2nd game of 20 or more points on the year, and the 141st of her career.

Angel McCoughtry passed Katie Douglas for 14th place on the WNBA’s career scoring leaders chart. She now has 5,564 career points, which is 7 behind DeLisha Milton-Jones in 13th place (5,571 points).

The Aces 16 free throw attempts were the fewest they have taken all season.

NEXT OPPONENT

Las Vegas travels to Palmetto, Florida, Sunday to take on the New York Liberty at 5 pm PT/2 pm ET.