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FSM Recap: Aces vs Mercury – Game 10 – 2024

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Las Vegas Aces (6-5)  |  Phoenix Mercury (9-4)

 

It was the Aces vs Mercury at The Footprint Center in Phoenix in their third meeting of the year. The Aces were on a losing streak coming into the game but came back after a rocky start to win an exhilarating 103-99 victory. 

 

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The back-to-back WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces traveled to Phoenix to take on the Mercury and try to get revenge for the loss the Mercury handed the Aces a short time ago. It was a back-and-forth game, and the Aces, who had lost four of the last five, were desperate for a win. Ultimately, Aja Wilson continued to be the hero for the team, finishing with 32 points.

However, Jackie Young led the team in scoring for the first time in a long time, hitting seven threes and finishing with 34 points on an efficient 7-13 from the field. The Aces’ defense still isn’t quite right, but they can outscore anyone when Young, Plum, and Wilson are playing well.

Phoenix got two outstanding performances from Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, respectively, with 25 and 22 points.

Chelsea Gray appears close to returning from injury but was a DNP CD tonight as she prepares for a probable return this Saturday against the rival New York Liberty.

 

Aces vs Mercury First Quarter:

 

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Aja Wilson got going with a mid-range jumper (I swear she never misses these). Britney Griner, who recently returned to action after her time away, got her first points in the paint with back-to-back shots inside to establish her post presence. Legendary scorer Diana Taurasi then made back-to-back shots herself to push the Phoenix lead to 9-2.

Aces not named Aja Wilson struggled early. Aja made two field goals, but the team needed help to keep up, making bad mistakes on defense. The early frustration culminated in a bad foul by Tiffaney Hayes on Kahleah Copper on a three-point shot. Eventually, a Sophie Cunningham three and a layup at the rim made Phoenix’s lead 28-12. Aja Wilson accounted for 10 of the 12 points for Vegas, and it was a really rough quarter.

Sometimes, teams come out a little too energized, and that leads to bad mistakes. At the end of the quarter, a sixteen-point deficit for a struggling Aces team felt huge.

 

Aces vs Mercury 2nd Quarter:

 

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The second quarter was a brilliant turnaround by the Aces, who seemed like their backs were against the wall at the end of the first. Sydney Colson, who was massive in this game, got the quarter started with a long three off a pass from Kelsey Plum. After another Phoenix three, Colson drove to the rim and scored. Coming off one of the worst games of her career, Jackie Young hit her first three of many on the night to pull the Aces to within 11 points.

After Britney Griner hit a mid-range jump shot, Kelsey Plum hit her first three of the night off a nice pass from Alysha Clark. A couple of free throws from Britney Griner and a three from Seg Sutton pushed the Phoenix lead back to 40-26, but Jackie Young and Sydney Colson hit back-to-back threes to pull the Aces back within 11 at 42-31.

At this point in the game, Jackie Young went absolutely nuclear, getting fouled on a three-pointer and making all three free throws. She then scored an insane running three-pointer to pull the Aces to within six points at 38-44. Sydney Colson then drove to the basket, opening up space on the perimeter, and passed it to Alysha Clark, who scored at the rim.

Jackie Young hit another three (she couldn’t miss this quarter), and Aja Wilson and Kelsey Plum hit a pair of their own from downtown to give the Aces their first real lead of the night at 49-46. Jackie Young hit her fourth three of the quarter, but Natasha Cloud came down and hit a shot at the rim to keep the Aces lead at three points. The score was 54-51 to end the half.

It was a remarkable turnaround for Vegas, who did look dead in the water at the end of the first quarter. This turnaround was a testament to their resiliency.

 

Aces vs Mercury 3rd Quarter:

 

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If the Mercury thought Jackie Young would cool down in the second half, she proved them wrong by drilling a stepback three to start the second immediately. Aja Wilson muscled her way into the paint and earned a couple of free throws, and Jackie Young hit yet another three-pointer (her sixth of the night) to push the lead to 62-55.

Phoenix is a veteran team, and they punched back, using physicality to get to the rim. Diana Taurasi and Britney Griner, perhaps scared of fouling, opened the lane for Natasha Cloud to get an easy basket at the rim.

Aja Wilson responded by earning tough baskets in the mid-range, hitting her patented turnaround shot over and over, but Kahleah Copper made a long three to pull Phoenix within one at 70-69.

The stars took over at the end of the quarter as Aja Wilson and Britney Griner traded baskets at the rim. It was gratifying to watch the two stars go head to head, and with the score at Aces leading 75-74, it set up for a great showdown in the fourth quarter.

 

Aces vs Mercury 4th Quarter:

 

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The fourth quarter was a true toss-up, as both teams had many chances to win the game. Diana Taurasi got Phoenix back in front by hitting a long-range jumper, but Tiffany Hayes came right back and gave Vegas the lead again. Hayes’ play has improved recently, and she is critical to the Aces’ scoring depth. Diana Taurasi hit a long 3 three ball to tie the game, but Kelsey Plum, who had an excellent 4th quarter, hit back-to-back shots to keep the Aces lead at 81-79.

For the next few minutes, Phoenix star Kahleah Copper and Aja Wilson traded baskets, and Coach Becky Hammon called timeout with just under four minutes left in the quarter and the Aces leading 90-87.

Rebecca Allen fouled Tiffany Hayes out of the timeout, who calmly stepped up to the line and hit three free throws. Britney Griner was determined to keep Phoenix in the game to make it a one-point deficit for the Mercury at 92-91. Phoenix did not want Aja Wilson to beat them, and Alysha Clark stepped up and hit a huge 3, but Britney Griner came right back and hit another shot at the rim.

On the next trip, Diana Taurasi missed a layup at the rim and fouled Alysha Clark, who again came up huge and knocked down both free throws, making it a Vegas lead at 97-93. Kahleah Copper hit a shot at the rim to make it a 2-point game in under a minute, but Jackie Young came down and hit a clutch shot to keep the Mercury at bay.

Jackie Young again had the ball in her hands late, with the Aces clinging to a 2-point lead. Young missed her mid-range pull-up shot but hustled and got the rebound. Aja Wilson was fouled on the play and hit two clutch free throws to essentially end the game. It was an excellent close to the game for Vegas, who hit their free throw and showed great poise. Aces vs Mercury was a badly needed-win and a reminder to the rest of the league that the champs aren’t going anywhere.

 

The Las Vegas Aces will take on the rival New York Liberty Michelob Ultra Arena on Saturday, June 15th. Tip-off is at noon, and the game will be on Prime Video. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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