Aces Can't Hold on in Connecticut as Sun Win, 89-85
UNCASVILLE, CT - Las Vegas led by 11 in the second quarter Friday against Connecticut, but the Sun limited the Aces to 29 points after the intermission, and picked up the 89-85 victory.
Las Vegas scored the first basket of the game, but Connecticut scored the next nine. The Sun extended their lead to 11, 23-12, but the Aces closed the quarter scoring 11 of the last 15 points.
Connecticut led 41-39 with 4:42 to go, but Las Vegas scored the next 13 points to lead 52-41 with 1:55 on the clock.
Las Vegas led 68-57 with 5:01 to go in the third, but the Sun scored 15 straight to go up 72-68.
The Aces tied the score twice early in the fourth, but never regained the lead.
Las Vegas committed 10 turnovers which Connecticut turned into 13 points. The Sun were credited with 10 turnovers, which the Aces flipped into 8 points.
Connecticut went 5 for 15 from three-point range, while Las Vegas made 2 of 13 from long range.
The Sun made 71.4 percent of their shots in the third quarter while the Aces made 30 .0 percent of theirs.
Connecticut was whistled for 12 fouls in the first half and 5 in the second. Las Vegas made 14 of 16 from the line in the first half, and 5 of 6 in the second.
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 25th time (18 points).
Kayla McBride scored in double figures for the 24th time this season.
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 17th time this season (14 points), and grabbed 10 rebounds for her 8th double-double of the year.
A'ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 18th time this season (17 points).
The Aces outscored the Sun 50-40 in points in the paint. That is the second time in three games that Las Vegas has scored 50 or more points in the paint, and the fourth time all season;
Las Vegas outscored Connecticut 21 to 13 in fast break points.
The Aces remain on the road, traveling to Minnesota Sunday for a 4 pm PT tip against the Lynx.
With the loss, the Aces fall to 19-10, one game ahead of the fourth place Los Angeles Sparks (17-10), and now a-game-and-a-half behind second place Connecticut (20-8). The Sun also have the tiebreaker with the Aces, having won the season series two games to one.
Bill Laimbeer. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoRN5NM3Ru0
A'ja Wilson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsHoOxVAlZA&feature=youtu.be
Dearica Hamby - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSZtQuiW9GU&feature=youtu.be
CONNECTICUT SUN QUOTES
Head Coach Curt Miller
"That's a big win in an incredible environment. We talked at the end of shoot around today that our playoffs essentially start today. It's gonna feel like a playoff game. The good news is we shared with them that regardless of what happened tonight we weren't going to be out of the playoffs. It wasn't going to be a one and done. We were going to wake up and be fine, so let's lay it all on the line and play hard. And can't be more proud. We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole and they Aces are so difficult to keep out of the paint. They were crushing us with points in the paint at that one stretch. But the combination of Alyssa Thomas, Courtney Williams, willing us at the offensive end and then some intense defensive stops in the second half, a better job of keeping them off the foul line really contributed to a big win. That's a big win for us. Right now, as much for psyche as anything else that we can step up in big games and rise to the occasion. So really proud, 14-1 at home and that crowd deserves a lot of credit. They give us energy when our tank is on empty and they continue to give us energy. We don't take it for granted that we get to play in front of an incredible fan base."
On how big the game was knowing what was at stake with the playoff standings
"It's huge you know with positioning and just having the tie-break over people. We are getting to the end so we knew the importance of this game tonight."
On her mindset in the third quarter
"I don't know what I was thinking. I just want to win and just trying to do whatever it takes to get the win out there. I just try to go to a place where I didn't think about being tired."
On it being tough to find energy at times
"Usually when I see [Morgan] Tuck at the table, that's usually my sub. Every time I was walking towards [her] she was just like, 'no.' So I just kind of put my head down and just found some more energy."
On how big this win was knowing what was at stake
"It was super big. I mean them being in third and if they would have won that game you know that would have knocked us down. So we knew how important this game was."
On having the ball in her hand during the last offensive possession and being able to make the shot
"That's how I'm set up. You know, I want the ball, I know I can score whenever. That's how I felt. I wanted the ball in my hand. I feel like everybody got a confidence in me and know I can go get a bucket so I put a ball in my hand."
LAS VEGAS ACES QUOTES
Head Coach Bill Laimbeer
On the play of Alyssa Thomas and Courtney Williams
"Well you just try to keep Alyssa Thomas in front of you. She played a very fine game, a lot of spin moves, making hard shots with a hand in her face. Give them a lot of credit."
On if they lost some aggressiveness in the second half
"We didn't come out and play in the third quarter like we were supposed to. They got the momentum."
On Alyssa Thomas and Courtney Williams combined 51-points
"I think they were just playing their game. They were just doing who they were. And the scout said pretty much the same thing."
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