Aces snap two-game losing streak with win over Dallas
Las Vegas Aces’ forward A’Ja Wilson recorded another double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds to go along with eight assists to help lead her team to a 95-79 win over the Dallas Wings.
The Aces were without center Liz Cambage as she prepares for the 2021 Olympics with the Australian national team.
The win sends the season series to 2-0 in favor Las Vegas.
With a 15-6 record heading into the all-star break, Las Vegas got a win to avoid heading into the break on a three-game skid.
The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 14 in Las Vegas from the Michelob Ultra Arena.
The Aces will not resume play until Sunday, August 15 following the All-Star and Olympic break in the middle of the season.
Las Vegas moved down to number two in the WNBA according to the regular season standings, behind the Seattle Storm.
Currently, the team sits just a half a game behind the Storm.
Wilson played 34 minutes showing that she can still record MVP numbers and carry the team to the win.
She shot 50% on the day from the field and eight-for-nine at the free throw line.
Wilson’s defensive presence was aggressive as she recorded three blocks, not letting anything get past her that easy.
She continues to keep the league on notice that she could potentially capture MVP honors yet again.
In other news, Wilson currently sits in third place of the 2021 WNBA MVP race, behind Connecticut Suns Jonquel Jones and current front runner Seattle Storm Breanna Stewart.
Becoming back-to-back MVP for Wilson remains a possibility but now an even tougher challenge with Jones and Stewart ahead in the race.
Forward Dearica Hamby joined Wilson, recording a double-double in 30 minutes coming off-the-bench.
Hamby recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds shooting 9-for-13 from the field and 50% from the three-point line.
Overall, the Aces had four players finish in double-digits.
Guards Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum were the other two players in double-figures.
Young tallied 17 points and five assists while Plum posted 16 points and four rebounds.
Las Vegas shot 50% from the field and 37% from the three-point line.
On the defensive end the Aces led the game in blocks (11) and in defensive rebounds (34).
Without Cambage, the Aces were unable to get second chance points on the offensive glass, recording just nine.
Las Vegas seemed to have a difficult time slowing the Wings down until late in the third quarter.
Dallas was able to have six players finish the day with double-digit scoring outputs.