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FSM Recap: Aces vs Mystics – Game 16 – 2024

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Las Vegas Aces (13-2)  |  Washington Mystics (4-15)

 

It was the Aces vs Mystics in Washington, DC, as Vegas traveled to the nation’s Capital. After a rough first half, The Aces turned it on in the second and came away with a come-from-behind victory over the Mystics 88-77.

 

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The back-to-back WNBA champions, the Las Vegas Aces, are now winners of four in a row after pulling out a come-from-behind victory over the Washington Mystics in the nation’s capital.

Aja Wilson had perhaps her worst game of the year, but Jackie Young and Chelsea Gray picked up the slack with 26 and 22 points, respectively.

Gray, in particular, looked like her old self, going 3-3 from behind the three-point line and finishing with only one missed shot at 8-9 from the floor. Aja Wilson struggled with her offense but still collected nine rebounds, finishing with 11 points on the night. It was a recipe for an 88-77 victory on the road.

The Mystics were led by Stefanie Hollins and Myisha Hines-Allen, who had 23 and 14 points each. Washington started the game with an excellent effort, leading 52-46, but could not maintain that level of play as the Aces took control in the second half and pulled away.

 

Aces vs Mystics First Quarter

 

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Stefanie Dolson and Jackie Young traded three-pointers for each team to start the game. Chelsea Gray hit her mid-range jumper on the other end of the floor, but Stefanie Dolson hit her second three-pointer of the game to put the score at 6-5.

Jackie Young went nuclear in the first quarter, hitting another three, but Myisha Hines-Allen made a floater in the lane to tie the game at 10-10.

The Mystics were on absolute fire in the first quarter, with Stefanie Dolson hitting a third three-pointer and eventually pushing the Mystics to a 17-13 lead. Tiffany Hayes(perhaps her best offensive game of the season) hit a pair of three-pointers, but Aaliyah Edwards muscled her way to the rim and drew free throws.

The Aces struggled offensively for the rest of the quarter as Aja Wilson missed all of her FG attempts in the first. Without Wilson, the Aces offense stuttered, and when Chelsea Gray hit her second jump shot to put the Aces down 8 28-20 to end the quarter. It was uncharacteristic of Aja Wilson to struggle, and it led to the Aces being in a hole they had to dig out of.

 

Aces vs Mystics 2nd Quarter:

 

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Chelsea Gray kept it going early in the second, hitting a long jump shot for the Aces to get going. After a Kiah Stokes block, Tiffany Hayes got a defender up in the air and drew free throws.

The Mystics turned the ball over, and Tiffany Hayes took advantage, getting an easy shot at the rim. Jade Melbourne steadied the Mystics by hitting a three-pointer to keep the Mystics lead at 31-28. Kiah Stokes and Kate Martin hit back-to-back shots to claw the Aces within two at 33-31.

Stefanie Dolson took the ball to the rim to score quickly, but Jackie Young hit an awesome three-pointer off an assist from Aja Wilson and brought the Aces to one at 34-35. The Mystics responded with an 11-1 run, with a pair of free throws to get the Mystics lead up to 11. With Aja Wilson still struggling, Jackie Young scored four straight points, and Kesley Plum finally got on the board with a tough floater in the lane.

Ultimately, a Jackie Young pull-up shot got the Aces down only six, ending the half 46-52.

 

Aces vs Mystics 3rd Quarter:

 

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Aja Wilson finally got her first shot, making a driving layup at the rim to get on the board. Myisha Hines-Allen got an and one shot to get the Mystics up by 9. Chelsea Gray hit her second three-pointer off a nice pass from Aja Wilson and then hit another three-pointer(her third of the night) to cut the Mystics lead to only four at 55-59.

Aja Wilson got her first jump shot of the night to go, Alysha Clark hammered her way to the rim for free throws, and the game ended tied at 60-60.

Aaliyah went on a 4-0 run to put the Mystics back in front, but Jackie Young stole the ball and got an easy layup at the rim. Stefanie Dolson went on a personal 5-0 run to get the Mystics up to 67-62.

It was looking to be a very frustrating end to the quarter for Vegas, but Chelsea Gray, with a savvy mood, was able to draw three free throws at the buzzer to draw the could and she drained all of them to get the Aces down only two at 67-69 going into the fourth.

 

Aces vs Mystics 4th Quarter:

 

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Alysha Clark wasted no time in the fourth, getting a layup off a nice pass from Kelsey Plum, and Chelsea Gray put the Aces up 71-69. Tiffany Hayes and Ariel Atkins swapped layups to keep the score tied at 73, and then Jackie Young hit a tough contested two-point shot to get the Aces up 2.

Aja Wilson got going at this point, hitting contested shots in the paint and pushing the Vegas lead to 6 at 81-75. The Aces would never relinquish the lead again as their experience and championship pedigree took over to put away the Mystics.

While Stefanie Doolson hit one more jump shot, the Mystics failed to generate any offense for the rest of the game. Chelsea Gray and Jackie Young hit a pair of shots, and Aja Wilson dropped in two free throws to end the game and give the Aces an 88-77 victory.

The Mystics are one of the worst teams in the league, and dropping a game to them on an off night would have been very disappointing.

The Aces sidestepped the pitfall and pulled away, thanks largely to a comeback performance from Chelsea Gray.

 

 

The Las Vegas Aces will take on the Indiana Fever on Tuesday, July 2nd. Tip-off is at 6:30 PM in at T-Mobile Arena.  Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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