SEMIFINALS GAME 1 RECAP: Williams, Plum Combine For 51 As Aces Top Mercury 96-90 In Game One

PHOENIX (September 28, 2021)—Riquna Williams and Kelsey Plum combined to score 51 points Tuesday evening, helping erase a nine-point first-half Phoenix lead en route to a 96-90 victory over the Mercury in game one of their best-three-out-of-five WNBA Semifinals series.

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Phoenix 30, Las Vegas 21)

The Mercury scored the first 8 points in the quarter, and never trailed. Riquna Williams led all scorers with 14 points in the period. Phoenix made 11 of 19 shoots from the field including 5 of 12 from three-point range in the quarter.

Second Quarter (Las Vegas 52, Phoenix 49)

It was still a nine-point Mercury lead, 36-27, with 7:41 to go in the half, when the Aces scored 10 straight points to take their first lead of the night. Las Vegas connected on 14 of 21 shots in the quarter, and turned 4 Mercury turnovers into 9 points.

Third Quarter (Las Vegas 76, Phoenix 66)

The Aces scored the final five points and 8 of the last 10 to push their lead to double digits for the first time. Kelsey Plum scored a game-high 12 points in the quarter. The Aces held the Mercury to 29.4 percent shooting from the field.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 96, Phoenix 90)

A 7-0 Mercury run early in the quarter sliced the Las Vegas advantage to three, but that was as close as Phoenix would get. Brittney Griner scored a game-high 10 points in the quarter as Phoenix forced the Aces into 3 turnovers, which they flipped into 7 points.

KEY STATS

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Las Vegas outscored Phoenix 22-6 in second chance points.

The Aces bench outscored Phoenix 34-11.

The Mercury went 9 for 31 from three-point range while the Aces went 9 for 14.

The Aces made 49.3 percent of their field goal attempts, while the Mercury made 47.9 percent.

Las Vegas went 15 for 20 from the free throw line, while the Mercury went 13 for 16.

GAME NOTES

Riquna Williams scored a playoff career high 26 points

Kelsey Plum scored a playoff career-high 25 points.

Chelsea Gray tied an Aces franchise record with 13 assists (Jennifer Azzi, August 24, 2002 vs. Los Angeles)

NEXT OPPONENT

The Aces host Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals against the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday, September 30. Tip is slated for 7 pm PT on ESPN2.