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Aces Drop Third Straight, 86-71, at Indiana

August 27, 2019 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Las Vegas Aces News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Las Vegas Aces (19-12) fell behind by double digits in the first quarter for the third consecutive game, Tuesday, and dropped their third straight game, 86-71, at Indiana (11-19).

KEY RUNS

First Quarter

Indiana scored 12 of the first 16 points of the game, and 20 of the first 29.

Second Quarter

The Fever extended their lead to 23 at 43-20, and led by 20 at the break, 53-33

Third Quarter

None.

Fourth Quarter

None.

KEY STATS

Indiana made 40.3 percent of its shots from the field (31 for 77), while Las Vegas made 33.8 percent of its shots (24 for 71).

Indiana out-rebounded Las Vegas 44-37.

The Fever made 94.7 percent of their shots from the line (18 for 19), while the Aced made 69.2 percent of theirs (18 for 26).

GAME NOTES

The Aces had their eight-game winning streak against the Fever snapped.

For the third straight game, Las Vegas fell behind by double figures in the first quarter (15 at Ind on 8/27, 15 at Min on 8/25, and 11 at Con on 8/23).

Tamera Young got her first start of the season, taking Kelsey Plum's spot in the lineup.

The 33 points scored by the Aces in the first half are the fewest points they have scored in a first half this season.

The 53 points allowed by the Aces in the first half are the second most they have allowed in a first half this season.

Las Vegas has lost three straight games for the first time this season- the last WNBA team to do so this year.

Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 27th time this season (15 points).

Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 19th time this season (10 points).

A'ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 20th time this season (18 points).

Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 15th time this season (17 points). She also tied her career high with 5 made three-pointers.

NEXT GAME

The Aces return to Las Vegas for their final home game of the regular season, Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 pm PT.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

The Aces' loss, combined with Los Angeles' loss at Washington and Chicago's loss at Minnesota means that the Aces are still tied with the Sparks in third place, and the Sky are a half game back in fifth.

POSTGAME INTERVIEWS

Bill Laimbeer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V61douYIb8&feature=youtu.be

Carolyn Swords - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgql0Q7tcvY&feature=youtu.be

Kelsey Plum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnVb24iKiY8&feature=youtu.be

INDIANA QUOTES:

Head Coach Pokey Chatman

"It was nice to carry over some momentum from our win in Seattle and have success against a completely different type of team."

(on McCowan's improvements)

"She's had some really big games but what I notice is that she's done it against different types of teams and players. At Seattle, she played a lot of minutes against smaller, quicker forwards where, earlier, she might have had foul trouble. I think she is staying more vertical, she is playing disciplined. She's figuring things out. She's not letting herself get emotional and she's finding ways to affect the game even when she doesn't have big stats. No matter how she impacts a game, when she does, she opens opportunities for other players. Teams have to defend her."

(on McCowan's most complete game?)

"I think so, especially because of the opponent [Las Vegas] and how they play. They put a lot of pressure on you, whether with Wilson or Cambage inside, or any of their guards. If you're not solid at all five positions, they're a tough team to beat and T was a significant factor in how we were able to control this game."

Kelsey Mitchell

(what did coach have to say to the team after this win?)

"Just that we played at a high level for 40 minutes. It was important that we did that because when we were in LA, we did it at the beginning but we didn't do it the second, third or fourth quarter. I think we just played for 40 minutes and I think the 'heads of the snake,' Cambage (Liz) and Wilson (A'ja), we know that they are obviously great players, but I think we did our jobs and didn't let them beat us. I think that's what helped us."

(What do we have to look forward to after two great back to back wins?)

"L.A. is a different team. We know that they play really fast. They're veteran-like. So, we gotta stay sound and just keep whatever this is, this wave, we want to try to keep it going and play at a high level."

Teaira McCowan

(How was it playing against Liz Cambage?)

"It was good, it was competitive. Fought every possession. I just tried to limit her touches. We know what she can do. I just tried to keep her from having a great game."

(do you think that was Coach Laimbeer's message at halftime, to throw the ball inside?)

"Definitely. I think they went in, talked about some stuff and thought about where they really make an impact to get back into the game. They came out and punched it in the first few possessions. They got me a little bit, but I bounced back."

LAS VEGAS QUOTES:

Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

(On the lineup change)

"Well we're searching. We know we got off to bad starts. Today was no exception. I thought having Kelsey (Plum) come off the bench would take a little bit of pressure off of her. Maybe give her an opportunity to get a few more shots. And it happened today. But I think we're going to have to search around. Right now we're not a very good basketball team. We know that. We don't play hard enough. And that's one of the tasks we have to find is learn how to play hard again."

(Can you explain the last two games?)

"We don't play hard enough right now. We've lost our way. We're a very tired basketball team mentally and physically. But that's just professional sports. It does not stop. I've been in this situation numerous times as a player and as a coach. There's only one way out of it. That is to come to work every day and work as hard as you can."

Kelsey Plum

(on coming off the bench)

"I don't care about that. We're trying to win. So obviously, what we've been doing, we've gotten off to slow starts. Coach is just trying to get a different look. Tamera [Young] brings a lot of things to the table defensively and she rebounds and we can switch with her. Also, she's good at getting to the rims. Coach just wanted a different look and my job is to be a professional, go out and play hard. Whatever I can do for my team, that's what I'm going to do. And that's what I'm going to continue to do, regardless if I'm starting or not."

A'ja Wilson

(what can you take from this to rebound for the Sparks on Saturday?)

"We just have to go back home and regroup, honestly. That's pretty much it. Bring a little bit more energy and come together. But I think the biggest thing, it's on us. It really is on us. Indiana played a great game. It seemed like they couldn't miss. We just gotta go back and regroup and get ready for the Sparks."

(do you think team can fight through fatigue?)

"We don't have any choice but to get through it. I think we are a little tired. We've been on the road for quite a bit. We really just need to go back and get back into practice. We haven't had practice time. We have no choice but to get it back at this point."

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