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Las Vegas Aces Finished Regular Season With A Comeback Win Over Phoenix

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By: Donetta Coleman

The Las Vegas Aces traveled to Phoenix to take on the Mercury for their final game of the regular season.

The Aces, winners of seven straight games looked to take control early as they scored the first six points of the game. The Mercury fought back with an 8-2 run to tie the score at 17 and finished the first quarter ahead 27-23.

The Mercury made 10 of 19 shots from three-point range in the first half and led 44-41 at half-time. The Aces continued to chip away in the second half, cutting the Mercury lead to 83-75 with 2:42 remaining in the 4th quarter. As the Aces battled back, about 100 of their fans erupted in cheers as the team went on the score the next nine points led by Kelsey Plum’s seven.

With 4.3 seconds remaining, Jackie Young convert a putback layup giving the Aces a one point lead 84-83. After an incidental fall, Aces’ JiSu Parks quickly recovered to complete a two- handed block on Brianna Turner as time expired giving the Aces the win.

Six Women of The Year Candidate Kelsey Plum finished the regular season on fire, scoring a game-high 23 points and was later awarded the Western Conference Player of The Month.

The Aces (24-8) finished as the league second best team behind league leaders the Connecticut Suns (26-6). The Aces earned a first and second round bye to advance to the semi-finals, setting up a best-of-five series against either Dallas, Chicago or Minnesota.

The Aces finished the regular season earning top accolades, becoming the league’s second best ranked defensive team. The Aces were also the league’s top offensive ranked team, and made history as the first WNBA team to have seven players average in double-digit scoring.

Written by: Ashton Ridley

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