The Las Vegas Aces are up 1-0 after outlasting the shorthanded Phoenix Mercury, 79-63, on Wednesday night time’s opening night time of WNBA playoff motion.
The Aces had been led by Kelsey Plum (22 factors, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Chelsea Grey (4 rebounds and 4 assists), who scored 9 of her 17 factors within the fourth quarter. Jackie Younger adopted up with 16 factors and 5 rebounds, A’ja Wilson contributed eight factors, 12 rebounds, and three blocks, and Kiah Stokes posted eight factors, 13 rebounds, and three blocks.
Plum: 22 PTS // 5 REB // 4 AST // 46% FG
Grey: 17 PTS // 4 REB // 4 AST // 66% FG
Younger: 16 PTS // 5 REB // 2 3PM // 46% FG
Stokes: 8 PTS // 13 REB // 3 BLK
Wilson: 8 PTS // 12 REB // 3 BLK#RaiseTheStakes // #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/OrRB7bKq7n
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) August 18, 2022
Diamond DeShields led the Mercury with 18 factors and eight rebounds. Sophie Cunningham adopted up with 12 factors, 4 rebounds, and two assists.
Each groups struggled on the offensive finish within the third quarter. The groups mixed for seven factors within the opening six minutes as Phoenix missed 9 straight pictures and Las Vegas seven. Wilson made the Aces’ first subject purpose of the fourth quarter with 7:15 left for a 55-51 lead.
The third quarter was disastrous as each groups mixed for simply seven factors within the opening six minutes of the second half. Phoenix missed 9 straight makes an attempt whereas Las Vegas bricked seven. Wilson broke the fourth-quarter ice with an early bucket that helped Las Vegas create some separation.
The Aces established their will within the fourth quarter with a five-point possession halfway by the fourth quarter. The Aces took a 60-51 lead after Grey was fouled exhausting by Megan Gustafson. Grey appeared to be in a special mode after the flagrant foul. The veteran level guard sank each free throws and hit a triple to get a lead that might by no means be threatened.
“She’s locked in,” Wilson mentioned per CBSSports about Grey’s fourth quarter efficiency. “When the top of our snake is locked in, it trickles down. We’d like her to make these large buckets. We all know she’s able to doing it, so I’m glad she was capable of showcase in entrance of a fantastic crowd to finish the common season.”
The @LVAces pulled away for the win within the fourth quarter and it was due to constant protection.
— WNBA (@WNBA) August 18, 2022
The Aces will look to finish their sequence sweep of the Mercury on Saturday’s Sport 2.