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FSM Recap: Aces vs Sparks – Game 10 – 2024

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Las Vegas Aces (5-5)  |  Minnesota Lynx(9-3)

 

It was the Aces vs Lynx at Michelob Ultra Arena as Vegas returned home. Injury issues and lack of depth continue to plague the Aces, who are having one of their worst stretches in years, falling to the Minnesota Lynx 100-86. 

 

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The back-to-back WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces returned from a disappointing road loss in Los Angeles in front of a crowd of 10,368. The struggles continued for the Aces as they dropped a home game to the Lynx 100-86. It was a very disappointing effort, especially on the defensive end. A second loss in a row signifies some major early season issues for the team, and the fans went home disappointed.

Aja Wilson is doing everything she can to keep The Aces in these games, having another efficient game with 28 points (9-18 from the floor). Kelsey Plum added 13 points, again struggling with efficiency (3-11 from the floor). Jackie Young left the game at one point with a shoulder injury, and she again struggled with 6 points.

Without Young backing up Plum and Wilson, the Aces are struggling on both ends of the floor. The Aces got 11 and 10 points from Tiffany Hayes and Megan Gustafson off the bench, respectively. Also concerning is the play of Alysha Clark and Kiah Stokes; both are talented players but are struggling in their roles in the starting lineup.

It was an unbelievably even scoring effort for the Lynx for their entire starting lineup, as each player had between 14 and 18 points. This is a Lynx team the Aces beat in Minnesota recently, and they came looking for blood with an elite offensive performance.

 

Aces vs  First Quarter:

 

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Aja Wilson started the game with a pass from Jackie Young and a finish at the rim. Alysha Clark and Jackie Young hit back-to-back jumpers to get the Aces going early for a 7-0. After Courtney Williams hit a long mid-range jumper, Kelsey Plum responded with a long 3-pointer to get the lead to 10-2.

The Lynx offense then started humming; Courtney Williams, in particular, created space and moved the tired Ace’s defense around to get easy shots. After Alysha Clark made one of her two 3’s of the night, Bridget Carleton made a long 3 to give the Lynx their first lead of the night.

Megan Gustafson came right back and nailed a long 3 to start a personal 8-0 run and get the Aces back ahead 21-17. With just under two minutes to go, Kate Martin hit her first shot of the night from 3, and Aja Wilson muscled her way to the rim to notch the score with Vegas leading 26-22.

Alanna Smith made a basket at the rim off an excellent cut and assist from Kayla McBride to end a very competitive back-and-forth first quarter.

 

Aces vs Lynx 2nd Quarter:

 

Jackie Young made a layup to start the quarter, but a long three from Dorka Juhasz and an inside shot for Natisha Hiedman gave the Lynx a 3-point lead. On the sideline, Coach Becky Hammon looked very frustrated with her defense and called for a timeout. The team’s defensive identity looked much better out of the timeout, with multiple stops in a row, but the Aces failed to capitalize on offense to generate any lead in the game.

Aja Wilson finally got the Aces out of their funk by nailing her only 3 of the night and tying the game at 36-36.

For the rest of the quarter, however, the defensive intensity slipped as Courtney Williams and Napheesa Collier dissected the Aces’ defense with precision to generate good looks for the road team. The Lynx even got a pair of long 3s from Bridgett Carleton to extend the lead. The Aces‘ offense could not generate good looks, and outside of some free throws from Kiah Stokes and Aja Wilson, the Aces struggled to end the half and went into the locker room trailing 59-48.

 

Aces vs Lynx 3rd Quarter:

 

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The third quarter started badly, as Napheesa Collier got free and made a long three off a pass from Kayla McBride. Jackie Young, who came back into the game after the injury scare, made a nice pass to Aja Wilson for an easy basket at the rim to start the half for the AcesAfter a bad turnover from Kelsey PlumCourtney Williams hit a 3 to extend the Lynx lead to 15 at 65-50, and Coach Hammon had seen enough, calling a time-out immediately.

Out of the time out, the Aces ran a nice set, and Kiah Stokes got FTs, only hitting 1. Another Courtney Williams jump shot, followed by an Aja Wilson turnover, and the energy for Vegas went south as the team looked discouraged on the floor. The next time down the floor, the Aces could not generate any advantage, and Jackie Young took an impossible step back 3.

Aja Wilson, perhaps the only player for Vegas that had energy at this point, hit back-to-back tough shots in the paint, but Courtney Williams hit yet another tough jump shot to make the score 69-55. Scoring from both teams for the rest of the quarter was scant as the Lynx went into the fourth with the game feeling decided at 78-60.

 

Aces vs Lynx 4th Quarter:

 

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The fourth quarter was mostly garbage time, as the Lynx had already put the game away in the third. Early, however, Aja Wilson and Tiffany Hayes went on a scoring spree to get the lead down to 13, with shots near the rim. Syndey Colson hit a tough jump shot to get the score to 83-72 and seemingly get the Aces back into the game. Alanna Smith and Bridgette Carlton both hit long 3s on the other side of the court, which essentially shut the door closed, making the score 91-74.

With just over 3 minutes to play, both sides emptied their benches as Vegas waived the white flag in the game. When the clock hit 0, the final score was 100-86. The Aces haven’t lost three games in a row in years and are losers of 4 of their last 5. If the Aces lose their next game, they will be under 500 for the first time in years.

This is unknown territory for Becky Hammon and the Aces, who need a boost from players getting healthy and must right the ship to protect their place in the standings. However, there is no rest for the weary as the Aces travel to Phoenix to play the Mercury on Thursday.

 

The Las Vegas Aces will take on the Phoenix Mercury at Footprint Center in Phoenix on June 13th. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm, and the game will be on Prime Video. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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