Las Vegas Aces Beat the Connecticut Sun 91-83 in a Close-Run Encounter


Some Background

Having a 17-7 overall record heading into this game, the Aces are hoping to build on their previous great triumphs. Against New York Liberty, their offense collectively scored 108 points, which was enough to secure an easy victory. Two games prior, the Aces defeated the Liberty 107-101. The Aces score 91.3 points on average while allowing 85.9 points per game on defense. While their defense is ranked ninth in the league, their attack is ranked #1. This season, Kelsey Plum has been the best player, averaging 20.2 points per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from beyond the arc.

The Connecticut Suns, who have an overall record of 16-8, recently defeated the Atlanta Dream with a powerful offensive performance that saw them score 93 points. Moreover, the Suns are averaging 84.5 points per game, but their defense lets in 77.5 points on average. Their defense is ranked third in the league, and their offensively is third. The best player for the Suns has been Jonquel Jones, who averages 15.1 points and shoots 50.2 percent from the arc.

Let’s get to the Stats and Scores of the game

Chelsea Gray tied her season top score with 21 points and nine assists, and Kelsey Plum scored 14 of her 22 points after the break as the Las Vegas Aces defeated the Connecticut Sun 91-83 on Sunday. The game featured two of the top WNBA teams.

Las Vegas (18-7) is one game behind the defending champion Chicago Sky in the league standings after winning three straight games. Connecticut (16-9), which has a record of 4-5 in its last nine contests, dropped to fourth place, one half-game behind the Seattle Storm.

For Las Vegas, A’ja Wilson scored 20 points, Jackie Young added 12, while Riquna Williams finished with 11 points while making 3 of 6, 3-point attempts.

Before Gray’s three-pointer to start the third quarter gave the Aces the lead permanently, Connecticut had the lead for the majority of the first half and had a 37-35 advantage at the half. After making two free throws, Plum connected on back-to-back 3-pointers just 23 seconds apart before connecting with Wilson for a 14-foot jumper to make it 48-39 and end a 13-2 run.

Moreover, with 19 points, DeWanna Bonner led the Sun. Additionally scoring 16 points each were Brionna Jones, Courtney Williams, and Natisha Hiedeman. Alyssa Thomas led Connecticut with 22 turnovers, one less than the team’s season-best, despite having 14 rebounds, six assists, and just six points on 1-of-6 shooting.

A Strong Finish

The Aces scored 19 of the next 24 points, including 11 straights, to cut the Sun’s deficit to 64-63 when Bonner sank a 3-pointer a minute into the fourth quarter, which saw the Sun trail by as much as 15 points. The Sun fell behind by at least two possessions the rest of the way as Las Vegas went on a 12-2 run in response to Williams’ eight points, including two three-pointers.

Elijah Brown
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