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FSM Recap: Aces vs Storm – Game 13 – 2024

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Las Vegas Aces (7-6)  |  Seattle Storm (9-6)

 

It was the Aces vs The Storm at Michelob Ultra Arena on Wednesday night. The Aces got back on track with a convincing win as Chelsea Gray returned from injury with a 94-83 much-needed victory. 

 

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The back-to-back WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces were back against the Seattle Storm at Michelob Ultra Arena after a few days off following their frustrating loss to the New York Liberty.

The Aces were bolstered by the return of star guard Chelsea Gray, who gave one of their better defensive performances this season in an 84-83 victory. Grey played only 16 minutes in her return to the court and didn’t score but racked up an impressive seven assists. Despite her lack of scoring, Grey’s mere presence helped the team, and they played with the confidence and energy they lacked for weeks.

The Aces were led by Jackie Young, who finished with 32 points in her best game of the year. Aja Wilson scored 27 points, and Kelsey Plum scored 11 points and eight assists. The bench struggled, with Alysha Clark being the only player who got into the scoring column with 10 points.

The Storm was led by the duo of Nneka Ogwumike and Ezi Magbegor, who had 21 and 19 points, respectively. Additionally, Jordan Horston added 18 points off the bench, but the Storm only shot 25% from the three-point line because of the staunch Vegas defense.

 

Aces vs Storm First Quarter:

 

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Ezi Magbegor and Aja Wilson traded baskets in the paint to open up scoring in the first. Jackie Young hit her first basket of the game when Tiffany Hayes drove to the basket, sucked in the defense, and created an open look for Young to get a great look from the three-point line. On the next possession, Victoria Vivians banked in a three-pointer to score 7-6, with the Aces up by one.

With just over six minutes to go, Kelsey Plum created separation for the Aces by dropping in a long three-pointer to make the score 12-7. At this point in the game, Jackie Young and Aja Wilson took over, with Wilson muscling her way to the rim and Young using her incredible speed to create layups at the rim and get the lead to double digits at 21-11.

On the next play down the floor, Alysha Clark hit a long three off of a pass from Chelsea Gray, who had just checked into the game and received a massive standing ovation from the crowd. Young missed several shots early but looked good physically, moving well up and down the court. Jackie Young hit a momentum three to end the quarter, and the Aces led 29-16.

 

Aces vs Storm 2nd Quarter:

 

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Alysha Clark hit her second shot of the game with a basket at the rim, followed closely by a Kiah Stokes three to push the Aces‘ lead to 34-16. The Storm looked frustrated and upped their level of physicality to get free throws for Jordan Horston, which opened up the floor.

Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins got good looks to inch the Storm closer at 28-39 and trigger a quick timeout from Coach Becky Hammon.

Out of the timeout, Kelsey Plum created an excellent look for Tiffany Hayes, who drilled a three. Jackie Young and Aja Wilson again scored back-to-back baskets to push the Aces’ lead back out to 47-32. Chelsea Gray drove to the basket and got fouled, making 1-2 free throws and scoring her first points of the season, giving the Aces a 15-point lead to end the half.

 

Aces vs Mercury 3rd Quarter:

 

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Skylar Diggins got a mid-range floater to get the Storm on the board in the second half, with another basket from Nneka Ogwumike pulling the Storm to within 11. Jackie Young put her head down and drove to the basket, drawing contact and making a pair of free throws. Aja Wilson got a monster block on a Skylar Diggins shot attempt, and Jackie Young followed that up with two tough mid-range jumpers to push the lead back to 17 at 53-36.

Nneka Ogwumike and Ezi Magbegor hit tough shots at the rim for the Storm to keep pace, but Kelsey Plum hit her second three of the game to push the Vegas lead back to 17.

Diggins and Ogwumike made jump shots to shrink the Aces’ lead down to 13, but Plum got a nice basket off a cut and pass from Alysha Clark. Both teams traded missed jump shots to end the quarter. The offense bogged down at the end of the quarter, and the Storm inched closer with the Vegas lead cut to 12 at 66-54.

 

Aces vs Mercury 4th Quarter:

 

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Tiffany Hayes got the Aces going in the fourth with a shot at the rim from Chelsea Gray’s nice assist. On the Aces‘ next offensive trip down the floor, Jackie Young got Jordan Horston in the air with a pump fake and drew three free throws, hitting all of them.

While the Storm could generate good looks, Jackie Young and Aja Wilson responded every time the Storm seemed to be getting back into the game, keeping the Vegas lead from 10-14 points.

The teams traded baskets back and forth until the end of the game, but the Storm never really contested, and the Aces secured a wire-to-wire victory over a solid Seattle team that had recently beaten them.

Chelsea Gray’s return gave the struggling Aces confidence, as for the last two years, they never had a stretch like their recent skid of games.

Gray balances the roster and adds another piece to an Aces offense that desperately needed to aid Aja Wilson. The defense will still be a work in progress, but this win against the Storm could be a sign that the early season woes of the Aces’ season are ending.

Next, the Aces have a massive game against the Sun, who only have one loss this year, and this game will be a litmus test for the Aces.

The Las Vegas Aces will take on the Connecticut Sun at Michelob Ultra Arena on Friday, June 21. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm, and the game will be on ION TV. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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