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FSM Recap: Aces vs Fever – Game 17 – 2024

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Las Vegas Aces (11-6)  |  Indiana Fever (8-13)

 

The Aces vs Fever was at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Against rookie superstar Caitlin Clark, the Aces played a complete game, leading wire to wire and coming away with a comfortable 88-69 win. 

 

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The back-to-back WNBA champions played their marquee home game of the year when they welcomed rookie sensation Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever to Vegas. To accommodate increased demand to see the Aces and the Fever face-off, the WNBA moved the game to the bigger T-Mobile Arena, and it showed with a raucous crowd of 20,366 announced in attendance. After a competitive first half, the Aces pulled away and won a comfortable 88-69 victory.

Kelsey Plum had easily her best game of the year, finishing with 34 points on 11-20 from the field, including hitting six three-pointers. Aja Wilson was her usual self with 28 points, and Jackie Young chipped in 15 as well. Chelsea Gray could not follow up on her stellar performance against the Mystic, finishing with only four points on 1-8 from the field. The bench only added 5 points, but the starters were more than able to make up for the lack of bench production.

Caitlin Clark had an off night, with Jackie Young hounding her up and down the court, which led to only 13 points for the rookie superstar. Clark did, however, total an impressive 13 assists and flashed her impressive court vision up and down the court. Aliyah Boston and Kelsey Mitchell had 23 and 18 points, respectively, to put up most of the scoring for the Fever. Still, the unproven team ultimately could not keep up with the championship pedigree of the Aces.

The Aces have now won 5 games in a row.

 

Aces vs Fever First Quarter

 

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In a competitive first quarter, Jackie Young got the Aces going with a three-pointer off a Chelsea Gray assist. Chelsea Gray followed that assist by driving to the rim, drawing contact, and hitting free throws to put the Aces up 5-0 early. Caitlin Clark got on the board by pump faking and drawing an early shooting foul on Aja Wilson; Clark would hit all three free throws.

Aja Wilson responded by drawing contact in the paint herself and hitting free throws on the other end to extend the Aces lead to 7-3. The Aces’ defense broke down a bit on the next several possessions as Aliyah Boston and Kelsey Mitchell were able to penetrate the defense and tie the game at 9-9.

The teams traded the lead over the next several possessions, with Kelsey Plum hitting her first three of the night and Kelsey Mitchell responding with a three-pointer. Aja Wilson made three straight mid-range shots to get the Aces back in front 26-22 in an impressive stretch.

Aliya Boston, off an offensive rebound, tipped in a shot at the rim to make the score Vegas up 26-24 to end a very entertaining first quarter.

 

Aces vs Fever 2nd Quarter:

 

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Chelsea Gray scored her final points with a mid-range jump shot to start the second quarter. Erica Wheeler responded with a mid-range shot on the other end for the Fever to keep the lead at 2. The next few minutes were rough for both teams offensively, as neither team could get going on the offensive end, repeatedly missing easy shots. Aja Wilson finally got the game going again with a pair of tough shots inside the paint, giving the Aces a 34-28 lead.

NaLyssa Smith ended the offensive woes for the Fever by penetrating the Vegas defense and scoring with ease. Aja Wilson and Kelsey Plum saw the opportunity to give the Aces some breathing room and took it, with a Plum three and a Wilson shot at the paint to give them a nine-point 41-32 lead.

Syndey Colson hit a rare three to push the Vegas lead to ten, but Kelsey Mitchell hit a tough three to answer. After a Kelsey Plum layup, the Aces took a comfortable 46-37 lead into the half.

 

Aces vs Fever 3rd Quarter:

 

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Kelsey Plum hit a tough three to start the half and extend the Vegas lead to 11 at 49-38. Caitlin Clark was struggling at this point, failing to generate space and having to pass the ball. Clark finally broke free and hit a shot in the paint off an Aliyah Boston assist but still looked uncomfortable on the floor. A NaLyssa Smith floater in the lane briefly pushed the Fever to only down five at 49-44, but Jackie Young quickly responded by nailing a long and keeping the Fever at bay.

Caitlin Clark and Aliyah Boston again pushed the Fever close, with a pair of baskets that brought the Fever within three at 49-52, but again Kelsey Plum went on a personal 5-0 run to get the Aces back up 57-49. The lead for the Aces stayed around 6-7 points for the rest of the quarter, with the teams trading baskets.

Aja Wilson looked unstoppable in the paint again, leading to a 65-59 lead for Vegas heading into the fourth quarter.

 

Aces vs Fever 4th Quarter:

 

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The Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum connection continued into the start of the fourth, as Gray drove into the paint and created an open look for Plum for Plum’s third three of the night off a Gray assist. Kelsey Plum opened the fourth quarter on a personal 8-0 run, and then found Aja Wilson for a mid-range jump shot to break the game open at 75-59, prompting an Indiana timeout.

Out of the timeout, Kelsey Plum hit yet another shot in the lane, and that shot seemed to put a nail in the coffin of the Fever’s chances in the game. For the rest of the game, the teams traded baskets, with Plum, Wilson, and Young continuing to score with ease, and with just over 2 minutes to go in the game, coach Becky Hammon called timeout and brought in her bench. It was a complete game for the Aces, where their star power pushed them to a comfortable victory.

The Aces showed out in front of a massive crowd at T-Mobile Arena and the entire country.

 

The Las Vegas Aces will take on the Washington Mystics at Michelob Ultra Arena. Tip-off is at 7 PM.  Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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