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FSM Recap: Aces vs Sparks – Game 19 – 2024

Las Vegas Aces (12-7)  |  Los Angeles Sparks (5-15)


It was the Aces vs Sparks at Arena in Los Angeles, California. The Aces came back from a second-half deficit but ultimately fell to the Sparks in overtime 98-93. 


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The back-to-back WNBA champions traveled to Los Angeles on the second night of a back-to-back to take on the Sparks. It was a tough game for the Aces, who were on their first back-to-back of the season, and it showed in their performance. Their six-game winning streak ended as the Aces fell in overtime 93-98.

Aja Wilson was dominant, with 35 points to lead all scorers in the game. Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young also had good games, with 21 and 18 points, respectively. However, Chelsea Gray had a rough game, finishing with only 3 points on 1-9 from the field. The Aces also struggled, giving up 11 offensive rebounds to the Sparks in crucial moments of the game.

The Sparks were led by Dearica Hamby and Aari McDonald, who played excellent games and finished with 28 and 23 points, respectively. This young Sparks team handed Vegas their second loss this year.


Aces vs Sparks First Quarter


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Kelsey Plum was aggressive early, attacking the rim and drawing a shooting foul on Aari Mcdonald; she made both free throws to get the Aces in the scoring column. The Aces played good defense early, but when Jackie Young drew a foul on a three-point attempt, she only made 1 of her three free throws. Young made up for it on the other end with excellent defense on Stephanie Talbot, making a nice pass to Aja Wilson, who made a layup, putting the Aces up 5-0 early. Another Aja Wilson shot inside gave the Aces a 7-0 lead, prompting an early Sparks timeout.

Dearica Hamby got the Sparks on the board out of the timeout with a driving layup. After a Chelsea Gray turnover, Rae Burrell made a long three-pointer, and the score was tied 7-7. A Rickea Jackson three-pointer briefly gave the Sparks a 9-10 lead, but Jackie Young made a pull-up jump shot to get the lead back. It was tightly contested over the next several possessions until Aari McDonald made a three-pointer to tie the game at 19-19. Aja Wilson and Kelsey Plum would make their last two shots of the quarter, leading to a 24-21 lead at the end of the first for the Aces.


Aces vs Sparks 2nd Quarter:


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Layshia Clarendon made a three-off Rae Burrell assist for the Sparks to tie the game early in the second. The teams traded missed shots until Chelsea Gray fouled Li Yueru, who made two free throws to put the Sparks up two at 26-24. Several possessions later, Kate Martin, struggling with her shot lately, drilled a long three-pointer off a nice pass from Kelsey Plum. The teams traded baskets until Dearica Hamby drew contact in the paint on Kate Martin to get the Aces down four at 33-37.

A Kelsey Plum three-pointer quickly brought the Aces back, but Rickea Jackson made a tough three to keep the Aces down four at 36-40. The remainder of the quarter was rough offensively for the Aces. Aairi McDonald and Dearica Hamby scored, and the Sparks held the Aces to rushed shots in a bad end in the second quarter down 36-46.


Aces vs Sparks 3rd Quarter:


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The third quarter was not much better. After Aja Wilson drew contact and hit free throws, Stephanie Talbot made a basket, a foul, and a long three-pointer to extend the Sparks lead to 38-52 over Vegas. Kate Martin hit her second three-pointer of the night off an assist from Sydney Colson. With just over six minutes to go, Chelsea Gray made a basket plus the foul to get the Aces deficit down to only ten at 45-55.

Aja Wilson went on a personal 6-0 to pull the Aces within only five at 54-59 with just under 4 minutes to go in the quarter, but Dearica Hamby and Aari McDonald had a fleury of baskets to quickly push the lead back to 12 at 66-54 prompting a Becky Hammon timeout. Kelsey Plum, clearly frustrated, got called for a technical foul, which gave the Sparks a 10-point lead at 58-68. Aari McDonald and Alysha Clark traded baskets to keep the Los Angeles lead at 10, with Vegas down 60-70 going into the final quarter.


Aces vs Sparks 4th Quarter & OT:


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With the Aces down 10, Aja Wilson got to work early in the fourth with a driving layup off a pass from Kate Martin. Rickea Jackson made a pull-up jump shot, but Kelsey Plum quickly made a three-pointer to cut Los Angeles to 7 at 65-72. Aja Wilson and Jackie Young scored, including a ridiculous Jackie Young three-pointer, which cut the Los Angeles lead to 2 at 72-74. On the Aces‘ next possession, Jackie Young hit another three-pointer to give them their first lead since the second quarter and prompt a Los Angeles timeout.

Aja Wilson continued her dominance out of the time out with another shot inside and a pair of free throws, but Dearica Hamby and Stephanie Talbot both scored for the Sparks to tie the game at 79-79. Kelsey Plum and Dearica Hamby traded shots, tying the game at 81-81 and setting up a very entertaining end to the fourth. Dearica Hamby and Kelsey Plum made a free throw to tie the game at 82-82 with 15 seconds to go.

Out of a timeout, Coach Hammon drew up a beautiful play to get Aja Wilson a wide-open layup at the rim and give the Aces a 2-point lead with 14 seconds to go. Stephanie Talbot’s shot rolled in, tying the game with 3 seconds to go, and then on the final possession of regulation, Kelsey Plum had a wide-open shot, but it came up short as the game went to overtime, tied 84-84.

Overtime started with Jackie Young drawing contact on Rae Burrell and hit two free throws, but Aari McDonald came right back and tied the game up with a layup at 86-86. Stephanie Talbot made the next shot for the Sparks, but Jackie Young came back and tied the game again at 88-88. After the game tied again at 90-90, Layshia Clarendon and Dearica Hamby hit shots to give the Sparks a 5-point 95-90 lead with 24 seconds remaining. Jackie Young hit a contested three-pointer out of a timeout to get the Aces back to within 2 with 20 seconds to go. Still, the Ace’s rebounding issues gave them issues as Rickea Jackson got an offensive rebound, leading to a take foul that put Aari McDonald at the free-throw line with 7 seconds to go. After making both free throws, she essentially iced the game, and Vegas ultimately fell 98-93 to the Sparks.

The game was a missed opportunity to extend their winning streak, but fatigue and sloppy play put the Aces in a hole they couldn’t dig themselves out of. Second nights of back-to-backs on the road are notoriously difficult in the league, but the Aces can’t rest just yet as they have a game on Sunday against the Wings back at home. Kelsey Plum will be frustrated with herself for missing that wide-open shot at the end of regulation, leading to the second loss for the Aces on the year to this young Sparks team. But the season is long; on to the next one.


The Las Vegas Aces will take on the Dallas Wings on Sunday, July 7th, at Michelob Ultra Arena at 1:30 pm.  Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.


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