It should be no surprise to anyone by now that the Las Vegas Aces picked up yet again another win Saturday afternoon against the LA Sparks by a score of 84-70. Yes it did seem to be just another day at the office for these ladies as they keep piling on wins in the win column and keep crossing off achievement after achievement throughout this WNBA Wubble season. What made Saturday’s win significant is that it has now guaranteed the Aces a little bit of extra rest in the playoffs. By winning yesterday, the Aces now won’t have to play a game in the playoffs until the semi-finals since they clinched a double-bye. This is the first time since the Aces have relocated to Las Vegas that the team has clinched a double-bye in the playoffs.
As for the game itself, it was fairly close for a majority of the game with Vegas outsourcing LA in the 1st and 2nd quarters; while LA outscored Vegas in the 3rd. The Aces outscored the Sparks by 10 in the final quarter of play to pull away late and secure the win. Vegas used a high-powered offense to help propel them to the win as they would shoot over 52% from the field as a team, including over 55% from behind the 3-point line. On the flip side of the statsheet, LA would be held to just over 37% from the field including going 5-22 from 3 (22.7%).
The leading scorer for Vegas was A’ja Wilson who contributed 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Angel McCaughtry and Kayla Mcbride would also have significant contributions in scoring with 18 and 17 points respectively. For the Sparks, Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker would lead the team in scoring with Ogwumike having 24 points and Parker having 19 points.
This has been the story of the season for Vegas. They play intense defense and they take good, high-quality shots on offense. This is a very team-oriented group that does not seem to have any egos on it; all they care about is winning basketball games. The high amount of team chemistry this Aces team has is evident in their play on the court and also a big reason they have continued to win as many games as they have.
The Las Vegas Aces will play again Sunday, September 13 against the Seattle Storm in a game that was postponed due to the boycotting of professional sports the last week in August. The scenario is simple in the Vegas vs Seattle game, win and you are the #1 seed in the Western Conference going into the playoffs. This is because Vegas owns the tiebreaker over Seattle if Vegas wins today given that they would’ve beaten Seattle in both meetings this season. If Seattle wins, they remain the #1 seed in the conference. The battle for the #1 seed will take place at 12 PM PST and can be seen on ABC.