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FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Fever – Game 13 – 2023

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Las Vegas Aces (12-1) | Indiana Fever (5-8)

 

Led by A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum, the Las Vegas Aces prevented a late-game comeback from the Indiana Fever, taking a 101-88 victory.

The Aces vs Fever played at the Michelob ULTRA Arena on Saturday.

Aces vs Storm Kelsey Plum
Photo Credit: Trisha LaCoste/Franchise Sports Media

All five starters scored in double figures for the Las Vegas Aces as they prevailed over the Indiana Fever, 101-88.

The Aces have scored 90+ points in all but two games this season.

Kelsey Plum scored a season-high 26 points (9-of-14 FGs, 3-for-5 3s, 5-of-5 FTs), while A’ja Wilson also totaled a season-high 28 points (8-of-15 FGs, 11-of-16 FTs), ten rebounds, three assists, and two blocks, despite getting into foul trouble.

Wilson was 1-of-2 from 3-point range in her first four seasons and was 31-of-83 from afar in 2022. However, she hit her first 3-pointer of the 2023 campaign early in the first quarter.

The Aces handled business against the Fever

Wilson also notched the 62nd double-double of her career and the eighth of the season.

The start of the Aces vs Fever first half. 

Aces vs Lynx Chelsea Grey and Candice Parker
Photo Credit: Trisha LaCoste/Franchise Sports Media

In addition, Candace Parker had her highest-scoring outing so far this season with 15 points (6-of-7 FGs, 2-for-2 3s). Parker also tacked on five rebounds and three assists. Jackie Young contributed 10 points (4-of-11 FGs, 2-for-4 3s), four rebounds, and eight assists.

Chelsea Gray’s double-double (13 points, 12 assists) was the seventh points-assists double-double of her career and second of the season. The 12 assists also marked a season-high for Gray.

Riquna Williams has yet to dress for the Aces (lower back).

NaLyssa Smith’s 26 points (11-of-19 FGs), 11 rebounds, and two steals led Indiana. Aliyah Boston had 18 points (8-of-11 FGs), nine rebounds, and three steals. 

With the score tied at 12-12, Wilson got fouled on a putback score. Wilson then made her free throw to put Las Vegas up 15-12 at 5:02, and the Aces never trailed again. 

Wilson scored a quarter-high nine points, while Boston had eight. The Aces shot 61.1 percent from the field and an even 60 percent from 3-point range in the quarter, while their defense held Indiana to 47.1 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Las Vegas capped the first quarter on a 4-0 spurt. However, they also scored the first five points of the second quarter to go up by 12, 32-20. Indiana didn’t give up just yet, as they closed the gap to five with 4:47 to go before the half. 

The end of the Aces vs Fever first half. 

Despite that, three quick 3s in less than a minute in a 9-2 spurt by the Aces gave them some breathing room. 

The start of the Aces vs Fever second half. 

Aces vs Storm Jackie Young
Photo Credit: Trisha LaCoste/Franchise Sports Media

The Fever could not get any closer than nine points as Las Vegas closed the half with a 14-point lead. Plum was perfect (3-of-3 FGs, 2-for-2 3s, 2-of-2 FTs) in the quarter for 10 points, while Wilson had nine.

Las Vegas’ lead increased to 20 points, 63-43, within the first minute of the second half. However, with the Aces still up by 20, the Fever scored nine unanswered points to cut the gap to 70-59. 

Las Vegas stopped the surge with a 3-pointer from Plum, as the 2022 All-Star MVP recorded yet another double-digit scoring quarter, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-9 from the field.

The Fever then fell behind after being dinged with ten fouls, and the Aces took advantage, hitting 10-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter, compared to the Fever’s 2-of-2 charity shots on just four Las Vegas fouls. 

Indiana still managed to win the fourth quarter 24-23 but never got closer than 11. Smith scored a quarter-high 10 points for the Fever, and Wilson had nine points for the Aces.

Las Vegas is now outscoring their opponents by 15.9 points on the year, which is the largest scoring differential through 13 games in WNBA history.

In total, the Aces scored 22 points on 27 tries from the charity stripe, while Indiana notched 14 points on just 15 attempts as Las Vegas committed 14 fouls to the Fever’s 22.

The final score of the Aces vs Fever was 101-88, Aces.

The Aces will now rematch the Indiana Fever on Monday, June 26th, at 7:00 PST.

 

– Jake Ideguchi-Furukawa – Franchise Sports Media

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