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Aces High / Aces Low

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By: Ray Fletcher

The Las Vegas Aces took to the court Friday night and Sunday afternoon for their first two home games of the 2021 season at the newly named Michelob Ultra Arena inside the Mandalay Bay. Friday night’s matchup featured the Los Angeles Sparks while Sunday’s matinee was against the Connecticut Sun.

Looking at Friday’s game, the Aces jumped out to a lead early and never looked back. Vegas was able to outscore the Sparks in each of the 4 quarters with their biggest offensive output coming in the 2nd quarter where the Aces outscored LA by 15 points to take a 56-36 lead into halftime. The 3rd and 4th quarters were much of the same in the first two frames of play, propelling the Aces to a 97-69 victory. It was a balanced scoring attack from Vegas as 5 different Aces would reach double figures in scoring. Chelsea Grey led the scoring charge for Vegas with 18 points while Dearica Hamby, Jackie Young, and A’ja Wilson each had 17 points. It’s also worth noting that every Aces player that got into the game Friday recorded at least 2 or more points.

Aces Head Coach Bill Laimbeer said after the game, “I was pleased with the way we played in the first half. I was a bit disappointed in the way we played in the second half walking the ball up the floor and having 12 turnovers in the second half but overall, I thought we got a solid effort from everyone.”

Laimbeer wasn’t the only one happy with the outcome of the game as 1,917 fans were sent home happy with a 28-point victory in the home opener.

Sunday afternoon presented a whole new challenge for the Aces as it would be a new day against a new opponent. This time it was the Connecticut Sun on the opposing bench. This would be a much closer matchup than Friday night’s game especially to start out. Vegas might have been caught with a little bit of a victory hangover from Friday night in Sunday’s first quarter as they only mustered 8 points on the board while giving up 18. The second quarter would be much better for the Aces who registered 25 points in the quarter outscoring Connecticut by 16 points to take a 6 point lead into the locker room. Vegas would fall back behind in the third as many of their offensive woes from the first quarter returned which opened the door for the Sun to outcore Vegas by 13 in the third and control a 7 point lead into the 4th. The Aces were unable to make any ground up on the deficit as they would lose by a final score of 72-65. A’ja Wilson was Vegas’s leading scorer with 14 points while Connecticut’s DeWanna Bonner led all scorers with 22 points. Bill Laimbeer had this to say postgame, “Our energy level was not there at all today, that’s what was the most disappointing part about today.”

The Aces will be back at The House Friday night for a showdown with the Indiana Fever at 7:30 PM.

Written by: Ashton Ridley

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