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Wilson knocks down two clutch free throws Las Vegas escapes Washington

Las Vegas Aces’ forward A’Ja Wilson has recorded back-to-back double-doubles, most recently in a close win against the Washington Mystic Saturday on the road, 96-93.

Las Vegas (7-3) will have eight days off until they square off against the Dallas Wings, currently at (2-5), in a home matchup on Sunday, June 13, at 3:00 p.m.

The Mystic continue their season without forward Elena Della Donne due to a herniated disc, but plans to make a return this season. Della Donne has not played since 2019 when she led her team to a WNBA championship.

Las Vegas trailed in the first half of the game, and it seemed as if the Aces were going to lose the game. The second half of the game saw the Aces in a back-and-forth as they completed the comeback.

The game plan continued from the previous game: feed the post. The Aces went back to that game plan and it brought them back to win a close game against the Mystics.

“I am glad we got the win but now we can focus on the next eight days where we can have a rest and finally have a full practice with the new group that we have,” Laimbeer said.

The Aces seemed to struggle early on in the game as they were just getting into the flow of the game.

Las Vegas may have not taken Washington as serious without their superstar.

Aces’ center Liz Cambage went viral after being caught laughing at a 6’1” Myisha Hines-Allen as she attempted to defend, but was soon burned on the other end for a layup.

Wilson recorded another double-double on the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Additionally, she was clutch in the last 40 seconds of the game.

The reigning MVP made a putback layup which made the score 92-90, advantage Aces. Wilson grabbed a defensive rebound a few seconds later and knocked down two free throws to close the game.

Las Vegas reverted back to the number one offensive efficiency with their starting five scoring in double figures.

Cambage recorded a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Guard Jackie Young recorded 22 points while guard Riquna Williams posted 20 points.

Guard Chelsea Gray tallied 11 points and eight assists as well.

The Aces had a difficult time defending Hines-Allen and guard Ariel Atkins.

Hines-Allen recorded 32 points while Atkins put up 29 points of her own. Collectively, the Mystic scored a season-high 57 points in the first half, shooting 56% from the floor.

Now that the Aces have a long break until their next game, they can start focusing on a scheme for the team and strengthening chemistry.

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