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FSM Recap: Aces vs Fever – Game 4 – 2024

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Las Vegas Aces (3-1)  |  Indiana Fever (1-6)

 

It was the Aces vs Fever inside Michelob ULTRA Arena in the fourth game of the 2024 season. The back-to-back champions welcomed the Indiana Fever and rookie sensation Caitlin Clark with a sellout home crowd. After a slow start, the Aces asserted their dominance and came out victorious 99-80.

 

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The back-to-back WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces were at home on Saturday against the Indiana Fever and sensation Caitlin Clark in possibly the most anticipated home game of the year.

A raucous sellout crowd of 10,399 filled Michelob ULTRA Arena for the two-time WNBA champions’ fourth home game of the year to welcome Caitlin Clark to the WNBA. Coming off a rare loss to the Mercury, the Aces returned to their usual dominant form and won a comfortable 99-80 victory, sending the crowd home happy.

Aja Wilson had a monster game, leading the Aces with an efficient 29 points (12-18 FGs). She was backed up by excellent performances from star guards Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum, who had 22 and 20 points, respectively. Kate Martin, a college teammate of Caitlin Clark at Iowa, had a solid game off the bench against her college teammate, finishing with 12 points and nailing a pair of shots from beyond the 3-point line.

The Indiana Fever was led by guard Kelsey Mitchell, who scored 16 points. Caitlin Clark often seemed disengaged from her team’s offense. While the Aces did defend her well, she was largely absent from the Fever’s playcalling on a disappointing night where she only attempted eight total FGs and didn’t make any inside the 3-point arc. However, Clark’s impressive passing skills were on display as she dished out seven impressive assists. Overall, it was a rather disappointing night for the rookie superstar.

The Aces continue to wait for Chelsea Gray’s return from her injury.

 

Aces vs Fever First Quarter:

 

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Aja Wilson started her impressive night off by getting the Aces on the scoreboard with a nice mid-range running shot. Jackie Young followed that up with an absurd running 3-pointer. However, the Fever came out strong with Aliyah Boston, who made a 10-foot pull-up shot off a nice pass from Caitlin Clark. After two Jackie Young free throws, Kelsey Mitchell hit a long 3 to pull the Fever to trailing by only two at 11-13.

Then, with 5:34 left in the quarter, a pair of well-contested dueling 3s from Caitlin Clark and Kelsey Plum created the most electric moment of the game and one of the most exciting plays this season. This sequence immediately went viral on Twitter, and the response to it is yet another example of the growth in popularity of the WNBA. After Kelsey Mitchell tied the game with free throws at 18-18, Jackie Young hit another tough jumper to put the Aces back out in front.

The teams traded baskets until Erica Wheeler hit a layup to give the Fever a 28-24 lead to end a very entertaining first quarter.

 

Aces vs Fever 2nd Quarter:

 

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The Fever came out swinging in the second period. After a Kelsey Plum layup, they went on a 6-3 run to extend the lead to 34-29. The Aces were having trouble generating points against the Indiana defense. After a few frustrating offensive possessions, Coach Becky Hammon had seen enough and called a timeout at 7:21 to go in the quarter. Out of the timeout, the Aces looked determined to get good shots, and they immediately went on a 17-4 run to end the quarter. Aja Wilson got it started, muscling her way to the rim for a tough shot inside.

Jackie Young then went on a personal 5-0 run, hitting two absurd jump shots and showcasing her excellent offensive skills. Kelsey Plum and Alysha Clark hit back-to-back 3s, and Aja Wilson continued dominating the interior Indiana defense to get to the rim and draw free throws. Additionally, the run was sparked by ferocious half-court defense, highlighted by an Aja Wilson steal at midcourt, where she finished a layup on the break.

The 17-4 run was a classic example of the Aces championship pedigree and skill, and the home team took a 46-38 lead to end the half.

 

Aces vs Fever 3rd Quarter:

 

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The Fever came out focused starting the third quarter and responding to the Vegas run as Kelsey Mitchell hit a pull-up jump shot. Caitlin Clark hit her second and last shot of the night with a long 3 to pull the Fever within 3. Aja Wilson responded with a basket plus the foul to restore order, then a nice layup off a dime from Jackie Young. Kelsey Mitchell hit another 3, but Aja Wilson came back and hit a nice hook shot in the lane. Wilson continued her incredible quarter with a shot from beyond 25 feet to drop in a 3, give the Aces a 56-49 lead and stave off Indiana.

The teams traded baskets as Jackie Young got going again, slicing her way to the basket with a burst of speed. The highlight, though, was Kate Martin, a college teammate of Caitlin Clark and fellow rookie hitting her first shot of the night from long range for Vegas, and her success seemed to fuel the rest of the Aces as Jackie Young and Aja Wilson continued their offensive dominance. An Alysha Clark 3 extended the Aces lead 56-71 as Vegas started to pull away to end the quarter.

 

Aces vs Fever 4th Quarter:

 

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The good times kept rolling for Kate Martin as she dropped in another 3 to start the fourth quarter off a nice pass from Alysha Clark. Martin attacked the rim, finishing at the basket and drawing a foul. After completing the 3-point play, Erica Wheeler hit an unbelievable 35-foot shoot that banked off the rim to give Indiana some life. However, Kelsey Plum reasserted herself into the offense with a nice jump shot inside the 3-point line.

Aja Wilson continued dominating the interior, and the lead ballooned to 22 points. The Fever waived the white flag and emptied the bench. The Aces followed suit, and Plum, Wilson, and Young received a loud ovation as they headed to the bench after a dominant night from the trio. The rest of the game was uneventful as the teams traded baskets, and the Aces ultimately finished with a 99-80 victory.

It was a big night for the Aces and the WNBA as Caitlin Clark made her trek to the home of the defending champions. Clark undeniably had a rough game, and the undeserved social media circus following her up to this point in her short career was on full display.

However, Coach Hammon, Kelsey Plum, and the entire Aces organization offered support to Clark and expressed their excitement about the growth that the WNBA is experiencing. However, that didn’t stop them from performing yet another dominant performance. Clark and the Fever will be a joy to continue to watch this season as the young team and their superstar navigate a league bursting with talent.

 

The Las Vegas Aces will take on the Minnesota Lynx on the road in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 6:00 pm. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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