LAS VEGAS (May 19, 2019)—Jackie Young made 7 of 10 shots from the field and scored 16 points in her WNBA preseason debut, but the Minnesota Lynx (3-0) used a 12-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to eke out a 79-75 victory. It was the final preseason tuneup for both clubs. Minnesota begins the regular season at home on Saturday, May 25 vs. Chicago, while the Aces (0-1) host Los Angeles on Sunday, May 26.
Las Vegas led 66-62 with 7:41 to go in the game on a Sugar Rodgers’ three-pointer, but the Lynx scored the next 12 points to take a lead they would never relinquish. The Aces missed seven shots during that stretch.
Minnesota went 10 for 29 from three-point range, while the Aces made 4 of 11
Las Vegas went 23 for 29 from the free throw line, while the Lynx went 9 for 11
Although the Aces outshot the Lynx 40.7% to 37.0%, Minnesota took 81 shots to Las Vegas’ 59.
Las Vegas led 40-32 at the half, while Minnesota outscored the Aces 47-35 after the intermission.
The Aces were without the services of Liz Cambage and Kelsey Bone for the game. Bone is making her way to Las Vegas following her overseas season in Turkey, while Cambage arrived in town two hours before tip and was on the bench in street clothes.
A’ja Wilson scored in double figures in all 33 games last year, and did likewise against the Lynx scoring 16 points.
Odyssey Simms scored 25 points, making 5 of 7 shots from long distance. Her season-high last season was 21 points, and three made threes. The rest of the Lynx went 5 for 22 from beyond the arc.