Aces fall short on the road against league’s best Sun, 74-67
The Las Vegas Aces had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Connecticut Sun Tuesday, June 1 on the road, 74-67.
Las Vegas (5-3) will square off against the New York Liberty (5-2) in an away matchup on Thursday, June 3, at 4 p.m.
Prior to the game, Aces center Liz Cambage and Suns head coach Curt Miller had a brief conversation about what occurred during their first matchup against each other and hugged it out before the game started.
Miller made a comment about Cambage’s weight which sparked some controversy.
The Aces lost the first game on a three game road trip. Connecticut has now beaten the Aces twice this season and now own the tiebreaker.
Las Vegas was in a back-and-forth matchup the whole duration of the game. They seemed to have a difficult time feeding the post as that is the Aces bread-and-butter.
Cambage was the “go-to” player against Connecticut.
However, alongside the Aces center, forward A’Ja Wilson recorded 14 points, six assists and five rebounds. Joining the Aces duo was guard Chelsea Gray recording 10 points, four assists and five rebounds.
The Aces still seemed to have those same defensive mistakes that they attempted to work on against their previous opponents.
Cambage led the team in points but fell short of leading her team to a victory. She recorded 28 points which is a new season-high for Cambage, to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks.
Against the Sun, Las Vegas had a total of three players in double figures, ending its streak of more than four players in double-figures.
Offensively, the Aces could not buy a three-point shot and that is what the team needed to defeat the Sun.
Despite struggling offensively, Las Vegas made the game close.
The Aces were 0-for-5 from three-point range.
They shot 44% percent from the field which was better than the Sun's 40%. Las Vegas had no chance at second chance points, only recording three offensive rebounds.
Defensively, the Aces struggled guarding Connecticut’s versatile forward Jonquel Jones.
She recorded 23 points and seven rebounds. Jones is a three-level scorer.
On both ends of the floor, the Sun and Aces were similar on the stat sheet, but were a little different on the court.
If the Aces can continue to work on their three point shooting, they will be a dominant team.
Las Vegas still has yet to pick their main player to run plays through. It seems as if the Aces are still searching for the type of team that they want to be.