LAS VEGAS, NV (August 17, 2018)—Las Vegas’ quest for a postseason berth came to an end Friday evening in the Lone Star State, as the Wings eked out a 107-102 decision. thereby clinching the eight seed in the WNBA playoffs. It was a must-win game for the Aces, as Dallas owned the tiebreaker between the teams.
The Wings scored the first two points of the game, but Las Vegas netted 15 of the nest 19 to go up by nine, 15-6, with 6:05 to go in the first quarter.
Dallas chipped away at the Aces’ advantage throughout the course of the game, finally taking the lead for the first time since their first possession with 2:34 to go in the third.
It was still a tie game, 88-88, with 7:44 to go in the game, but the Wings scored the next six points, and never trailed again the rest of the way.
Dallas scored seven straight points late in the game to stretch its lead to 10 and steal the game.
Dallas’ Liz Cambage scored 43 points on 14 of 20 shooting from the field, and 13 of 16 from the free throw line.
Aja Wilson scored 34 points on 15 of 20 shooting from the field.
Las Vegas made 57.1 percent of their shots from the field, while Dallas made 48.7 percent.
The Wings went 24 for 30 from the free throw line, while the Aces went 12 for 16.
Dallas out rebounded Las Vegas 42 to 25.
A’ja Wilson (34 points) scored in double figures for the 32nd time this season, tying Candace Parker for the second most consecutive double-digit games to start a career. Cynthia Cooper holds the record with 92 straight.
Wilson also scored 20 or more points for the 17th time this season, and 30 or more points for the third time.
Kayla McBride (16 points) scored in double figures for the 28th time this season. She added a career-high 12 assists for her first-ever point-assist double-double.
Kelsey Plum (20 points) scored in double figures for the 14th time this season, and 20 or more points for the fourth time.
Tamera Young (11 points) scored in double figures for the 18th time this season.
Dearica Hamby (10 points) scored in double figures for the 11th time this season.
The Aces gave up 100 or more points for the seventh time this season.