Las Vegas, NV—-The Dallas Wings came up short against the Las Vegas Aces, 84-91 Tuesday night, in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals. Now, with the Aces having a 2-0 lead in the series the Wings must win Game 3 in order to keep their hopes of moving on to the championship alive after going down 0-2 in the best-of-five series.
Dallas went on a couple of runs, including a 14-2 run from late in the second quarter to early in the second half to come to within a point 44-43. The Wings tied the game at 49 before Kelsey Plum put the Aces back in front for good with a 3-pointer to ignite an 11-2 run.
“It takes a lot to come back on the Aces,” Ogunbowale said in her postgame interview about Dallas’ runs throughout the last half of the game. “So, trying not to get ourselves in that hole in general. They are a great team and you know when we cut it, they figured something out and got points. If we cannot make mental mistakes when we cut it like that, I think we’ll be okay,” Ogunbowale continued.
Wilson made a basket on back-to-back possessions to cap Las Vegas’ 11-0 spurt for an 83-76 lead with 3:41 left in the game. Chelsea Gray also made a few baskets on consecutive possessions to make it 87-80.
A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 34 points, including 14 in the third quarter as the Las Vegas Aces beat the Dallas Wings 97-83 on Sunday in the opening game of the WNBA semifinal playoff series. Wilson, who earlier in the week earned the league’s defensive player of the year award, also had eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Kelsey Plum added 25 points for the top-seeded Aces, Jackie Young scored 19 and Chelsea Gray 13. Young also pulled down 10 rebounds.
The top-seeded Aces can close out the series when it shifts to Dallas on Friday, Sept. 29 for Game 3.