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FSM Recap: Aces vs Sun – Game 14 – 2024

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Las Vegas Aces (13-2)  |  Connecticut Sun (8-6)

 

It was the Aces vs Sun at Michelob Ultra Arena, as Vegas welcomed the league’s best team in the Connecticut Sun. This Aces team has struggled but once again proved to the WNBA that they aren’t going anywhere, taking down the Sun 85-74 in a wire-to-wire victory. 

 

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The back-to-back WNBA champions welcomed the league’s best Connecticut Sun to Michelob Ultra Arena on Friday night and were underdogs in the betting markets for the first time on their home court in a long time. The Aces played easily their best game of the year, with a convincing 85-74 victory over the Sun.

As the game ended, one thing was evident: the talk about the Aces being “finished” this year was very premature. These women are champions, and they made the Sun feel that tonight.

Aja Wilson had an MVP-type night, finishing with 26 points and tying her career high in rebounding with 16 boards. Kelsey Plum scored 18 points to back up Wilson, and the rest of the roster had a balanced scoring effort. In her second game back from injury, Chelsea Gray came off the bench and struggled to score. However, like in their previous victory against the Storm, Grays’s presence energized the Aces in a real way as she continued regaining her confidence.

The Sun were led by Dijonai Carrington and Brionna Jones, who had 18 and 19 points, respectively. The rest of the Sun’s players struggled to score as the Aces gave one of their best defensive efforts of the year, holding Connecticut to 13 three-point attempts and sticking to their game plan.

 

Aces vs Sun First Quarter

 

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The first two minutes of the game were tough for both teams, as both teams missed on good looks. Brionna Jones made the first basket of the game for the Sun. Aja Wilson took the ball to the basket and drew contact, hitting free throws to start her night. Brionna Jones then scored on back-to-back possessions over Aja Wilson, and Coach Hammon called a very early timeout to refocus her team, which needed to take a deep breath and focus on their game plan with the score at 6-2.

Out of the time out, Aja Wilson and Kelsey Plum hit jump shots to pull the Aces to only down one at 8-7, but a pair of Tyasha Harris hit back-to-back jump shots to put the Sun ahead 13-9. Chelsea Gray checked into the game and had a rough turnover, but the Aces played great defense and, on the break, generated a wide-open look for Alysha Clark, who drilled a long three-pointer.

After trading baskets, Jackie Young drew contact and hit a pair of free throws, giving the Aces an 18-16 lead they never relinquished the rest of the night. After Megan Gustafson got an easy basket from an assist from Jackie Young, the Aces took a 20-16 lead to end the quarter.

 

Aces vs Sun 2nd Quarter:

 

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Alysha Clark had a blistering start to the quarter, with back-to-back jump shots, including a three-pointer, to push the Vegas lead to 25-18 and prompt an early Connecticut timeout. Things didn’t get better for the Sun out of the timeout, as Kelsey Plum hit a nice three off the dribble from 25+ feet to get the Aces lead to 28-19.

Alyssa Thomas scored four straight points on free throws to inch the Sun closer, but Kelsey Plum hit yet another ridiculous three-pointer to respond and give the Aces a 10-point lead at 33-23

Things went from bad to worse for the visiting team, as Aja Wilson, Kiah Stokes, and Kelsey Plum each made tough shots, and the Aces’ defense turned up the defensive pressure. Outside of a Dijonai Carrington three-pointer, the Sun could not get anything to go with Aja Wilson, mainly taking the lead on the defensive end. This recipe led to a commanding 43-28 lead for Vegas heading into halftime.

 

Aces vs Sun 3rd Quarter:

 

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Dijonai Carrington struck first in the second half with a mid-range pull-up jump shot, but Kiah Stokes continued her excellent game with a cut to the basket off a double team on Aja Wilson, who made a great pass to get Stokes an easy basket. Aja Wilson scored another basket facing up and drilling a mid-range jump shot, pushing the Aces lead to 18 points at 50-32.

The Sun went on a 6-0 run with a Dawanna Bower three-pointer sparking the sluggish Connecticut offense. Tyasha Harris and Dijoinai Carrington kept the Sun going with difficult jump shots, cut the Vegas lead to 7, and prompted Coach Becky Hammon to call a timeout to refocus the Aces.

Out of the timeout, Aja Wilson stabilized the Aces‘ offense and scored tough shots inside to end the quarter and give the Aces a 13-point 53-50 lead going into the fourth.

 

Aces vs Sun 4th Quarter:

 

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If there was any hope that the Sun could come back and make this game competitive, Aja Wilson and Kelsey Plum shut that down early in the fourth, immediately using the lead back to 18 at 70-52. Alysha Clark hit another three-pointer after a pair of Dijonai Carrington free throws. Kelsey Plum pushed the lead to nearly 20, with a basket plus a foul effectively ending the game with just under 5 minutes to go.

At 3:44 to go in the fourth, with the score at 81-63, the Suns called a timeout, waived the white flag, and subbed out all their starters. The Aces bench struggled to generate good looks, but the rest of the game was essentially garbage time, and the game ultimately finished with an 86-74 score.

The Aces now have impressive back-to-back victories over two teams at the top of the league to remind the rest of the WNBA that they aren’t going anywhere. The Aces now get nearly a week off to rest up before facing the Sky next Thursday.

The Las Vegas Aces will take on the Chicago Sky on Thursday, June 27th. Tip-off is at 4:00 pm, and the game will be on Prime Video. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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