Las Vegas, NV—The Las Vegas Aces emerged victorious in a hard-fought game against the Dallas Wings, despite being down by 14 points at one stage. The Aces, who have an array of talented All-Stars had to rally without their guard Kelsey Plum, who was absent due to a non-COVID illness.
However, the team stepped up to the challenge with Jackie Young scoring 28 points, A’ja Wilson contributing 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Chelsea Gray finishing with 20 points and six assists. The Aces extended their winning streak to 15 games at home and improved their season record to 16-1 with an 89-82 victory over Dallas. Although the game had an ugly start for the Aces in the first quarter, with Dallas taking a 26-12 lead, Las Vegas managed to close the gap to 26-21 by the end of the quarter.
Dallas maintained their lead at halftime, with a score of 51-42. However, the Aces turned the tables in the second half, outscoring the Wings 47-31. The game was characterized by turnovers, with the Aces committing six in the first quarter and ten in the first half, resulting in nine points for the Wings. But Las Vegas tightened their defense in the second half and earned the hard-fought win.
Alysha Clark’s 3-pointer with 5:32 left in the fourth quarter gave Las Vegas a 79-76 advantage, and Wilson scored the next four points to seal the win. Aces coach Becky Hammon praised her team’s performance, stating, “We earned everything tonight.”
Both teams will meet again in a rematch in Dallas at College Park Center on July 7th.