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FSM Recap: Aces vs Sky – Game 15 – 2024

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Las Vegas Aces (13-2)  |  Chicago Sky (6-10)

 

It was the Aces vs Sun in Chicago, as Vegas traveled to the windy city to take on the Sky and Rookie Star Angel Reese. In a dominant performance, the Aces won a wire-to-wire game against the Sky, leaving with a 95-83 victory. 

 

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Are the Aces back?

The back-to-back WNBA champions traveled to Chicago to take on the Sky and Rookie star Angel Reese. Coming off their dominant victory over the league-leading Connecticut Sun, the Aces kept up the positive momentum with an outstanding offensive performance.

The Aces were led by MVP leader Aja Wilson, who had a stellar game, finishing with 31 points on over 50% from the field. Wilson scored all over the floor and continues to rise in the betting markets as a favorite to win the MVP for the season. It was enough for a 95-83 victory for Vegas.

Kelsey Plum had an excellent game with 21 points, and Jackie Young rounded out the star trio with 22. It was team basketball for the trio, as each moved off the ball and shared the load for an excellent result. Chelsea Gray had 8 points, her highest scoring output since her return from injury, and looked very comfortable. The bench only contributed 9 points, but tonight, that was plenty.

The Sky were led by Marina Mabrey and Chennedy Carter, who had 21 and 22 points, respectively. Angel Reese had an okay game with 18 points, but at times looked flustered trying to stop Aja Wilson in the post. Overall, it was still a solid performance for the rookie, who is continually proving herself to be one of the best bright young stars in the WNBA.

 

Aces vs Sky First Quarter

 

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Angel Reese entered the game determined to get her team going, cutting to the basket and scoring off an assist from Chennedy Charter. On the next possession, Aja Wilson leveraged her frame to draw a foul on Reese, perhaps playing too aggressively on defense and drew two free throws. Chelsea Gray hit a long two-pointer off a shot that showed how offensively potent she can be and looked incredibly comfortable.

The teams traded baskets until Kelsey Plum hit a tough stepback three-pointer to put the Aces up 12-9.

Marina Marbrey was hot early in the game, as she hit back-to-back jump shots alongside Angel Reese, who scored on a post-up and gave the Sky their biggest lead of the night at 19-14. Aja Wilson responded in kind with a 6-0 run of her own and pulled the Aces to within four points at 25-21. The remainder of the quarter saw both teams struggle, as Kelsey Plum got a rare block on Angel Reese, and neither team scored, making it Chicago’s 25-21 lead to end the quarter.

 

Aces vs Sky 2nd Quarter:

 

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Isabelle Harrison got the Sky going with a mid-range jump shot to push the Sky to six. But Jackie Young went downhill on the other side of the floor for a layup and hit a tough contested jump shot to get the Aces back within two. A Kate Martin three and Chelsea Gray free throws gave the Aces a slim lead in the second, but Briana Turner came down and took the lead back for the Sky.

Chelsea Gray hit a beautiful pull-up jump shot to put the Aces in front at 32-31 finally.

A fleury of baskets for Jackie Young and Aja Wilson extended the Aces‘ lead to eight at 39-31 and prompted a Chicago timeout. Out of the timeout, things steadied for the Sky with Chennedy Carter free throws and a Lindsay Allen Layup to push the score back to the Aces leading 41-35.

The rest of the quarter, however, was all Aja Wilson. She used physicality to get to the free throw line and scored at the rim to keep the Aces lead healthy, finishing the quarter with a lead at 46-39 to end the half.

 

Aces vs Sky 3rd Quarter:

 

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The teams traded missed baskets to start the game until Marina Marbray hit a long three-pointer to get the scoring going and put Vegas ahead 46-42. The Sky kept up the good momentum, hitting long jump shots, and eventually tied the game at 46 with a Marina Mabrey mid-range jump shot. Angel Reese and Aja Wilson traded baskets on back-to-back possessions in a fun sequence.

As the game was tightening up, the Aces got baskets from Tiffany Hayes and Kiah Stokes, who backed up the stars with help on the offensive end.

The remainder of the quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with the Aces maintaining a slim lead. Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum, in particular, did a lot of damage, controlling the pace of the game and getting to the rim with see. Chennedy Charter did everything she could to keep the Sky in the game, but every time she scored, the Aces came back and responded.

At the end of the quarter, Aja Wilson and Chelsea Gray scored to end the quarter and gave the Aces a 72-63 lead.

 

Aces vs Sky 4th Quarter:

 

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If the Sky had any hope of coming back in the game in the fourth quarter, Kelsey Plum ended that very early by hitting back-to-back shots in the lane and then a very long three-pointer to push the lead to 16 at 79-63. The Sky, clearly frustrated, called a timeout and seemed to lose their composure.

Out of the timeout, Marina Mabrey hit a long shot from two, but on the other side of the floor, Kelsey Plum drove to the basket and created an open look from three for Tiffany Hayes, who nailed the shot.

Angel Reese asserted herself in the fourth, cutting the lead to 12, but Kelsey Plum responded again, hitting a shot in the paint to push the lead back to 13 at 88-75 with just over four minutes to go in the game. The remainder of the game saw the Sky fail to get the Vegas lead under ten as the Aces cruised to a comfortable 95-83 victory.

The Aces are now winners of three in a row and seem to have righted the ship completely for their early season woes. Vegas is back.

 

The Las Vegas Aces will take on the Washington Mystics on Saturday, June 29th. Tip-off is at 11:00 AM in Washington.  Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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