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FSM Recap: Aces vs Wings – Game 7 – 2024

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Las Vegas Aces (5-2)  |  Dallas Wings (3-5)

 

It was the Aces vs Wings in Dallas in the seventh game of the 2024 season. On the last game of their road trip, and the first in the in-season Commissioner’s Cup, the Aces walked away victorious with a 95-81 victory of a great game from Aja Wilson. 

 

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The back-to-back WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces were finishing their road trip in Dallas against the Wings in the first game of the Commissioners Cup, the WNBA’s in-season tournament. The Aces came out victorious, sending the home team fans home with a 95-81 victory.

Aja Wilson had a statement about a game for her MVP campaign with a record-breaking 36 points, 12 rebounds, and six steals. Wilson was everywhere, setting the tone for her team and letting the rest of the league know she was the world’s best player. She was backed up by the other two stars of the trio, Kelsey Plum (20 Points) and Jackie Young (19 Points). The Aces came out dominant, and after the Wings fought their way back into the game, they pulled away for a comfortable victory, shooting an efficient 48% from the field as a team.

The Wings were led by Arike Ogunbowale, who finished with 31 points and did much of her work from the FT line. She was flanked by a balanced scoring attack from the rest of the Wings starters. The Wings struggled to contain the Vegas offense but played hard.

 

Aces vs Wings First Quarter:

 

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The Aces came out on absolute fire, defensively dominant, and were mad about their loss to the Dream in the previous game. Aja Wilson, in particular, was determined to set the tone for the team, forcing two early turnovers, pushing the ball in transition, and, after a shot in the mid-range, had 8 of the team’s first 11 points. After Kelsey Plum was fouled on a 3-point attempt, she hit three free throws to push the lead to 14-4.

Jackie Young extended that lead, scoring her first points of the night on an athletic floater in the lane. Young seemed determined to shake off whatever illness had been ailing her. Aja Wilson scored another couple of baskets, and the Ace’s lead grew to 20-6.

The team got some much-needed help from their role players as Tiffany Hayes made an excellent cut to the basket and received an assist from Kelsey Plum. If you can point to one weakness of this Aces team, it is depth. Players like Hayes, Martin, and Clark are crucial to supporting the star trio that leads the team, as is the hopeful recovery of Chelsea Gray. Alysha Clark did her part to chip in and nailed a long 3 to push the lead to 27-9, and the Wings looked flustered. The game got more physical as Maddy Siegrist bodied her way to the free throw line and steadied the game for Dallas, shrinking the lead to 13 at 29-16 to end the quarter.

 

Aces vs Wings 2nd Quarter:

 

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With Wilson taking some much-needed rest, the game tightened up considerably in the second. However early, the Aces kept the good energy going, with a deep Kelsey Plum 3 and a pair of free throws from Jackie Young to get the lead to 20 at 37-17.

At this point, Dallas flipped a switch and perhaps took advantage of a tired Aces defense to create good shots. Arike Ogunbowale went on a personal 9-2 run for the Wings, including a long shot from downtown to close the gap. An Alysha Clark 3 for the Aces ended that run, but Maddy Siegrist returned with a cut to the basket and a finish. After a drive from Monique Billings cut the lead to single digits, Aja Wilson hit an absurd three from nearly 30 feet to respond.

It was a frustrating end to the quarter for Vegas, though, as Arike Ogunbowale continued to draw contact and get to the free-throw line. The Aces were frustrated, with Coach Becky Hammon showing visible anger toward the officiating all night. The Wings came back in the game, cutting the Aces lead to 47-42. A lack of depth was evident in the first half, and it’s a problem the Aces will have to navigate all year.

 

Aces vs Wings 3rd Quarter:

 

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The third quarter started with more of the same, as the Wings again got to the FT line, with Arike Ogunbonwale hitting a pair. Aja Wilson returned and got to the rim twice, starting a brilliant second half for the best player in the league. Wilson ran the floor like a wide receiver on the next play and got to the rim, finishing through contact. There was no call.

Coach Beckey Hammon thought the contact warranted a trip to the free throw line and expressed her displeasure to the refs. Hammon was sticking up for her players and letting the referees know she didn’t appreciate how the game was being called. The referees responded with a technical foul on Hammon, and Hammon’s passion for her team motivated her players as the Aces turned the game on its head.

Jackie Young went on a 5-0 run, clearly warming up as the game went on and getting more comfortable to open up the Vegas lead to 60-52. The Wings kept pace, primarily from the free throw line, but Tiffany Hayes ultimately gave the Aces stars the breathing room they needed to put the game away. Hayes nailed a long three and got herself to the line to hit free throws. From there, Kelsey Plum took o over, expertly dissecting the Dallas defense and hitting a long three herself. After one more Wilson basket, the Aces took a commanding 75-61 lead into the final quarter.

 

Aces vs Wings 4th Quarter:

 

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The fourth quarter started with a slim chance for Dallas to return to the game. Alysha Clark slammed that door shut early with a long three. Aja Wilson finished strong in the game with a mid-range jumper and a drive to the basket, and the Vegas defense stymied any attack from the Wings.

Recognizing that Aja Wilson was having a historic night, Coach Hammon left her in the game, giving her a chance to add to her effort.

The rest of the game was essentially garbage time, as the teams traded baskets in an already-decided game. This Dallas team is young and hungry for the win, but Vegas was not going to repeat their last effort against the Dream, and they locked in when needed to pull out a comfortable win.

Aja Wilson is putting together an MVP campaign and asserting her dominance as the best player in this league. Vegas will need more support from players like Gustafson, Cannon, Martin, and Stokes if it is to be as dominant as last year. Regardless, three-peats are tough, and the Aces may not be as dominant as last year, but they are still showing that championship grit. As long as they have Aja Wilson, it will be tough to beat them.

 

The Las Vegas Aces will take on the Seattle Storm at Michelob Ultra Arena on June 7th. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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