Although there was not a count on how many times Las Vegas Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer’s hair was mentioned during the game, the score was clear, 86-82 in favor of Las Vegas. A’ja Wilson celebrated her birthday with an epic win in the Wubble. The Aces took on the Los Angeles Sparks with A’ja Wilson scoring 26 and Angel McCoughtry adding 24 of the aces 86 points.
Going into the game Laimbeer knew the team needed to get off the first five minutes with shots and no turnovers. Even though neither team led by more than five points in the first quarter, the Aces scored the first nine points in the second to go up 12, 31-19. The Aces led by 10 with 3:32 left in the quarter but Los Angeles scored 13 of the final 17 points to bring the lead down to one, ending the quarter with 43-42 in favor of the Aces.
Coming out of half time the game was tied twice with a lead change five times in the third quarter, but neither team led by more than 5 points in the third. The Sparks led by three points in the fourth quarter but the Aces scored 10 of the next 12 to keep Los Angeles at bay, ending the game with a total of 86 for Las Vegas and 82 for Los Angeles.
Sparks head coach Derek Fisher was not pleased with the loss but also realized that, “It’s always challenging at this level to find a combination of five players that offensively and defensively give you what you need particularly when you are playing against other great players and teams.”
Las Vegas shot 50 percent from the field matched to the Sparks 41.7. The Aces went 4-7 from the three point range, while Los Angeles went 6 for 20. Las Vegas outrebounded the Sparks 42 to 33 and outscored the Sparks 29-16 from the bench.
Since moving to Las Vegas, the Aces are now 11-1 when making more three pointers than their opponents. This includes 10-0 over the past few seasons. A’ja Wilson scored her 6th straight double figure to start the season and Angel McCoughtry scored her 5th double figure this season. McCoughtry passed Katie Douglas for 14th place in the WNBA’s scoring leaders and now has 5,564 career points.
Over the weekend the Aces General Manager Dan Padover announced that Las Vegas has released center Avery Warley-Talbert to sign seventh WNBA season forward Megan Huff. This year Avery played three games for the Aces and averaged 2.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 42.9 shooting from the field.
Huff was picked in the third round of the 2019 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty, however she was released during training camp. She was signed on June 17 by the Minnesota Lynx this year but was released Aug. 6 after only playing five minutes in three games. Las Vegas is set to play the New York Liberty on Sunday Aug. 9 at 12pm PT/3pm ET.