Las Vegas, NV—-Last night’s WNBA action in Las Vegas had the (11-9) Washington Mystics going up against the surging (12-3) Las Vegas Aces at Michelob Ultra Arena.
Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young both scored 20 points to pace the Aces which had consecutive losses for the first time this season.
The game went back and forth with the first half belonging to the Mystics leading 46-40 at the break. The Mystics kept that lead most of the game despite multiple turnovers, the Aces could not capitalize on them. They turn the ball away six times down the stretch, finishing with 20 for the contest.
Aces’ Jackie Young buried a step-back three-pointer with 7.7 seconds left to force overtime.
The Mystics came out in overtime and went on a 7-3 run which was capped off by a fadeaway jumper by Ariel Atkins with 2:38 remaining in overtime. Guard Natasha Cloud sealed the victory for Washington from the free-throw line despite the Aces A’ja Wilson making a game-ending 3-pointer as time expired in overtime just wasn’t enough for Las Vegas and the Mystics was able to hold on to an 87-86 victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Saturday night.
Mystics leading scorers Alysha Clark scored 20 points, Elena Delle Donne chipped in 19 and Cloud sank three free throws in the final 11.7 seconds of overtime.
Clark hit four 3-pointers for the Mystics, adding eight rebounds and four steals. Delle Donne, who had 15 of her points after halftime, blocked five shots and grabbed 10 boards for her first double-double of the season.
Natasha Cloud poured 16 with 10 assists. Ariel Atkins totaled 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Cloud sank two foul shots and Atkins made a jumper to give the Mystics an 84-80 lead with 2:38 left in OT. Plum hit a 3-pointer at the 2:11 mark to pull the Aces within a point. Cloud made 3 of 4 free throws to put Washington up 87-83. Wilson drained a 3-pointer with less than a second left to cap the scoring.
Two of the Aces’ four losses have now come at the hands of the Mystics, who improve to a 12-9 record after this win.
Washington head back to Capital One Arena to face the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.