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Aces Blew Fourth Quarter Lead – Facing Elimination

todaySeptember 25, 2020 12

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The Connecticut Sun’s Alyssa Thomas left game two with a shoulder injury, and was questionable to play in game three of the best of five series versus the top seed Las Vegas Aces.

Thomas indeed suited up for the Sun and was in the starting line up, but the Aces must have assumed she wouldn’t play because they had no answer to stop Thomas all night.

Thomas often seen grimacing in pain played fearlessly, scoring a game high 23 points leading the Sun to a 77-68 victory and a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Aces are known for attacking the basket and outscoring teams inside the paint area however, the Sun won the battle inside outscoring the Aces 52-26 in the paint.

The Aces went on a run in the third quarter outscoring the Sun 24-15, led by Danielle Robinson and Angel McCoughtry and took a 56-53 led into the fourth quarter.

The Aces led by five points with five minutes remaining but, could not take care of the ball or stop Thomas. The Sun went on a 10-2 run led by Thomas, who scored eight points in the final three minutes with her last basket coming off a steal with 45 seconds remaining to give the Sun a seven point lead.

The Sun’s tenacious defense forced the Aces into 15 turnovers including five in the last three minutes. The Aces were able hold the Sun to 1 of 11 from 3-point range.

“A lot of stuff that wins playoff games, they were able to do and we weren’t,” Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said. “That’s the difference in the ballgame.”

The league Most Valuable Player A’ja Wilson was often doubled and tripled teamed, but still carried the Aces with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Angel McCoughtry, who sat out most of the first half due to foul trouble added 16 points for the Aces.

The Aces now find themselves in an unfamiliar situation of win or go home. The Aces must win two straight games to survive the series and make it to the WNBA finals.

Game four is Sunday at 10am local time.

By Donnetta Coleman

Written by: Vanessa Mcconnell

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