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FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Sky – Game 24 – 2023

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Las Vegas Aces (22-2) | Chicago Sky (9-14)

 

Four Aces players score in double figures to lead Las Vegas over the Chicago Sky, 107-95, winning their sixth game in a row.

The Aces vs Sky played at the Wintrust Arena on Tuesday.

Aces vs Sky | Franchise Sports Media | Kelsea Plum
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Kelsey Plum led the way for the Las Vegas Aces with 27 points (10-of-20 FGs, 1-for-7 3s, 6-of-6 FTs) and six assists as the Aces defeated the Chicago Sky, 107-95, for their sixth straight victory.

WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week, A’ja Wilson, totaled 24 points (9-of-14 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), four rebounds, four assists, three steals, and four blocks.

MVP, she needs to be in the conversation and all conversations,” Chelsea Gray said, describing Wilson’s play. “She gets it done in like three quarters, so put some respect on her damn name.”

As for Gray, she also had a great showing with 22 points (6-of-13 FGs, 1-for-3 3s, 9-of-10 FTs), six rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and two blocks. 

Gray is just the second player in WNBA history to have 20+ points, 6+ rebounds, 9+ assists, 2+ steals, and 2+ blocks in a non-overtime game. The first player to ever do that was Candace Parker back in 2017.

In the absence of Parker, Kiah Stokes tied her career high with 17 rebounds, nearly doubling her previous season high (nine) and scoring six points (3-of-5 FGs). Jackie Young added 15 points (5-of-13 FGs, 3-for-6 3s) and three rebounds.

The Aces handled business against the Sky 

As for Parker, she underwent successful surgery for a fracture in her left foot, marking her out indefinitely. Parker had been playing with the fracture since the season began.

The start of the Aces vs Sky first half. 

Aces vs Sky | Franchise Sports Media | A'ja Wilson
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Kahleah Copper kept the Sky in this game with a career-high 37 points (12-of-18 FGs, 4-for-7 3s, 9-of-11 FTs) and securing six rebounds. Copper scored 22 of her 37 points in the first half.

Also for Chicago, Elizabeth Williams had 12 points (5-of-11 FGs) and four rebounds, Courtney Williams had 11 points (4-of-9 FGs, 3-for-3 3s), four rebounds, and 11 assists, and  Marina Mabrey had 11 points (3-of-7 FGs, 2-for-2 3s), five rebounds, and six assists.

The Sky scored the game’s first four points, but Wilson went off for seven-straight points to get the Aces on track. Neither team held more than a four-point lead over the first six minutes of play. 

Then Las Vegas locked in, stringing together eight unanswered points, including four straight from Plum, for their most significant advantage of the quarter, 30-26. 

The Aces never again relinquished their lead. In contrast, Las Vegas made just 1-of-4 from 3-point range while the Sky hit 5-of-10 from distance.

The end of the Aces vs Sky first half. 

Five Aces scored in an 11-4 run to open the second quarter and launched Las Vegas into a 41-30 lead. However, Chicago’s turn was next as they hit a trio of 3s in an 11-3 spurt that erased the double-digit deficit and drew them to within three points, 44-41. 

The start of the Aces vs Sky second half. 

Aces vs Sky | Franchise Sports Media | Chelsea Gray
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The Aces edged the Sky 11-7 over the remainder of the half to head into the locker room up 55-48. Las Vegas hit 51.3 percent from the field and 6-of-12 from afar while holding the Sky to just 38.9 percent overall from the field. 

However, Chicago was on target from distance, nailing 5-of-7 of their 3-point attempts (71.4 percent). The Sky kept it close.

Each time the Aces extended their lead to double figures, the Sky clawed their way back. Midway through the third quarter, with Las Vegas up 67-59, Wilson picked up her fourth foul and was sent to the bench. 

The Sky quickly narrowed the gap to 71-65. However, the Aces rallied together and outscored Chicago 8-4 to close the third quarter. This was also when Alysha Clark exited the game after catching an inadvertent elbow.

Las Vegas’ lead fell early in the fourth quarter, and the Sky were still close, 88-79. Ignoring the pressure, Plum ripped off five points in a 7-2 Aces run to put Las Vegas up 97-81 with 4:41 to play. Williams came up with a high of eight points in the period for the Sky, yet, this game was decided.

The final score of the Aces vs Sky was 107-95 Aces.

The Aces will now take on the Dallas Wings on Sunday, July 30th, at 3:00 PM PST.

 

– Jake Ideguchi-Furukawa – Franchise Sports Media

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