Aces Look to Get Back on Winning Track with Sunday Matinee vs. Minnesota
LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Aces look to get back on the winning track on Sunday as the Aces host the Minnesota Lynx in a 3 pm Sunday matinee at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Las Vegas had its five-game winning streak ended Friday in a 69-66 loss at Seattle. The defeat also dropped the Aces back into second place- a half game back of the Connecticut Sun. Despite a defensive effort that saw Las Vegas hold the Storm to 27.8 percent shooting from the field, and hold Seattle scoreless for more than six minutes in the fourth quarter, the Aces were unable to complete their comeback from a 13-point deficit.
The biggest blow in the defeat, however, was the loss of two-time All-Star forward and 2018 Rookie of the Year A'ja Wilson to an ankle injury with six minutes to go in the third quarter. Wilson was reevaluated Saturday when the team returned to Las Vegas, and she is listed as "out" for Sunday's game against the Lynx.
Without Wilson, the Aces will need to replace 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.47 blocks per game. Liz Cambage (15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.50 blocks) and Kayla McBride (15.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 47.6 3G%) will have to pick up the slack, as will Dearica Hamby (9.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Kelsey Plum (7.6 ppg).
Las Vegas' defensive effort Friday lowered the teams defensive field goal percentage to 37.8 percent on the season. If the Aces maintain that percentage, it will be the second lowest in the WNBA's history. Las Vegas also leads the W in defensive efficiency and defensive rebound percentage.
Minnesota has dropped two of its last three games to fall to 10-8 on the season, but they have done so without the services of Maya Moore (sabbatical) and Seimone Augustus (knee), neither of whom has played a game for the Lynx this year.
Offseason trade acquisition Odyssey Sims leads a quintet of Minnesota players who are scoring in double figures this season at 15.1 points per game. She is joined by the WNBA's all-time leader in double-doubles in Sylvia Fowles (14.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg), rookie Napheesa Collier (11.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Danielle Robinson (10.5 ppg) and Damiris Dantas (10.3 ppg). Dantas has missed the last few weeks of the season with a calf injury, but has been cleared to play Sunday.
Las Vegas has won two of the last three meetings between the clubs, including a June 16 meeting earlier this season. McBride (22 points) and Plum (21 points) paced the Aces' offense in the most recent victory.
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