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FSM Recap: Aces vs Lynx – Game 5 – 2024

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Las Vegas Aces (4-1)  |  Minnesota Lynx (4-2)

 

It was the Aces vs Lynx in Minnesota in the fifth game of the 2024 season. The back-to-back champions traveled to Minneapolis to face off against the red-hot Lynx in their first road game of the year. After a back-and-forth game, the Aces pulled away and won 80-66.

 

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The back-to-back WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces were on the road against the Minnesota Lynx, which was off to a good start with only one loss in the year.

Coming off the massive game against Caitlin Clark and the Fever, the Aces were primed for a letdown against a good Minnesota team. However, the Aces came out focused and comfortably defeated the Lynx 80-66.

The Aces were led by superstar Aja Wilson, who finished with a monster 29 points and 15 rebounds to secure a double-double. She was backed up by Jackie Young, who had an incredibly efficient 19 points (7-13 from the field), and Kelsey Plum, who had 10 points. Alysha Clark kept up her solid play with 9 points, and rookie Kate Martin continued to impress, hitting three 3s off the bench for 9 points.

Minnesota was led by Napheesa Collier, who scored 18 points and 13 rebounds. Kayla McBride and Courtney Williams finished with 11 and 12 points respectively. The Aces‘ stellar defense frustrated Minnesota all night, as the visiting team stole a victory on the road.

 

Aces vs Lynx First Quarter:

 

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Alysha Clark got the Aces going with a long three off an excellent assist from Kelsey Plum. On the other end of the floor, Aja Wilson asserted her dominance on the defensive end with a nice block on Napheesa Collier’s attempt at the rim. The Lynx got on the board with a shot from Courtney Williams from the midrange.

After several Wilson free throws, Jackie Young got her first basket of the night by streaking to the rim off another nice pass from Kelsey PlumAja Wilson followed that up with her first FG of the night to give the Aces a 9-6 lead with a clean mid-range shot.

The Lynx briefly took the lead when Courtney Williams hit another mid-range jumper at 10-9, but Jackie Young hit a running floater in the lane to pull the Aces ahead once again. Rookie Kate Martin kept the good times rolling with a long three off a pass from Jackie Young, but Cecilia Zandalasini responded with a long 3 for the Lynx. The quarter ended with another Aja Wilson long-range jumper to give the Aces a 2-point 18-16 lead to end a competitive start to the game.

 

Aces vs Lynx 2nd Quarter:

 

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Jackie Young started the Aces scoring in the second quarter with two tough shots in the paint. Martin and Zandalisini traded long 3s again for each team, but Megan Gustafson got her first basket of the night off a pass from Kate Martin as the Aces seemed to start pulling away.

Back-to-back Lynx 3s from Kayla McBride and Alanna Smith gave the Lynx a 1-point lead. A frustrated Coach Hammon called time out and refocused the team as she’s done so many times. The 1-point lead was the last time the Lynx would be in front all night.

The Aces came out of the timeout with a furious defensive effort as they closed the quarter on an 11-3. It was the usual suspects as Kelsey Plum and Aja Wilson took control of the offense, hitting back-to-back shots to retake the lead. The Aces smothered the Lynx, preventing dribble penetration and easy baskets for the home team. Alysha Clark hit a tough driving basket plus a foul to give the Aces a 9-point 43-34 lead to end the half.

 

Aces vs Lynx 3rd Quarter:

 

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Jackie Young hit a tough three off a pass from Alysha Clark to start the half, but a great shot from Napheesa Collier got the Lynx back on track. All night, as the Aces looked to create separation, Collier did everything she could to keep the game close. After Alysha Clark made a long 3 to stretch the Vegas lead to 11.

Collier and Kayla McBride tightened the Minnesota defense to close the gap between the two teams. With Wilson on the bench, the Vegas offense stalled as the Lynx slowly climbed back into the game. A pair of free throws from Kayla McBride brought the Aces lead to only 57-56.

Aces rookie Kate Martin showed again why she was such a great pick-up for Vegas by drilling a long 3. Aja Wilson, now back in the game, stole the ball at mid-court and took it to the basket. There was a review of the play, and the replay supported a foul call on the basket. Wilson missed the free throw, and the quarter ended with the Aces back in the driver’s seat, leading 62-56.

 

Aces vs Lynx 4th Quarter:

 

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Kelsey Plum kept the momentum going with one of her usual off-the-dribble 3s, and the Aces maintained their defensive pressure, highlighted by a nice steal from Sydney Colson. After a long Kelsey Plum 2 and a very tough Jackie Young 3, the Aces finally started to pull away, pushing the score to 70-58.

Kayla McBride did hit a 3, which was created by a nice Alanna Smith drive to the hoop to try and keep the Lynx on pace, but Aja Wilson responded quickly with a contested shot at the rim.

With 5:00 minutes to go in the game, Aja Wilson and Jackie Young hit two shots to push the lead to 77-61, effectively putting a nail in the coffin for Minnesota. Scoring was sparse for the remainder of the game as the teams combined for 8 points in the final 5 minutes. Minnesota looked visibly tired, and the Aces ground them down for a comfortable 80-66 win.

Aja Wilson continues her dominant play and is performing like the MVP she is. Kate Martin continues to impress in her rookie season, and the Aces seem steady as they look to go on a winning streak during this three-game road trip.

 

The Las Vegas Aces will take on the Atlanta Dream on the road in Georgia on Friday. Tip-off is at 4:30 pm. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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