In a battle of the top two teams in the Western Conference, the Las Vegas Aces and Seattle Storm squared off Saturday inside the Wubble at IMG Academy in Brandenton, Florida. For the majority of the game, Las Vegas was able to maintain a firm and convincing lead over Seattle; which would propel the Aces to a 82-74 victory.
The first half of this game belonged to the Aces who were in complete control on both ends of the court, while outscoring Seattle 26-11 in the second quarter, to go up 45-29 at the half. Vegas suffocated the defense that held Seattle to only 29 points at the break.
The Aces beat the Storm in almost every statistical category imaginable, out rebounding the Storm 25-17, shooting 43% from the field; compared to Seattle’s 32% who won the assist category 11 to 9. Committing only 4 turnovers to Seattle’s 8, it should be noted that the Storm played this game
without arguably their best player, Sue Bird who is dealing with a knee injury.
Breanna Stewart led all scorers at the half with 15 points and A’ja Wilson was the Aces highest scorer with 11 points. The Storm looked to be making some notable ground up to the Aces who were up 16 points to
start the second half of play. Seattle was able to cut the lead down to around 10 points a few times in the quarter but it was the Aces who would use a late run in the 3rd quarter to go into the 4th and final quarter up 17 points.
Seattle would make one final push at a comeback late in the 4th quarter cutting the Vegas lead down to 6 points with about 2 minutes left in the ballgame and down to 5 with 33 seconds left but it was too little too late for the Storm as the Aces would hold off and survive the late Seattle surge to win by a final score of 82-74.
The Aces simply looked to be the better, faster, stronger, bigger, and tougher team than the Storm without even having to look at the boxscore. A’ja Wilson led the way for Vegas with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Another notable performance from the Aces was Angel McCoughtry who recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Breanna Stewart led all scorers with 29 points and 18 rebounds, but it was not enough to defeat Vegas.
Up next, the Las Vegas Aces will face off against the Dallas Wings Aug. 25 at 6:00PM PST which can be seen on CBSSN.
By Matt Raftery