Aces Try to Regain Sole Possession of First Place Tuesday Night vs. Seattle
LAS VEGAS - With one more game on the docket before the All-Star break, the Las Vegas Aces are tied with the Connecticut Sun for first place in the WNBA standings at 12-6. They could give themselves some breathing room this evening as they take on the Seattle Storm (12-8) at 7 pm PT at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Connecticut hosts the New York Liberty Wednesday at 8:30 am PT.
Tonight's game is being broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
The Aces will once again be without two-time All-Star and 2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year A'ja Wilson, who sprained her ankle on Friday in Seattle. She has started her rehabilitation program, and is expected to be back in uniform for the Aces this season.
In the meantime, leading Sixth Woman of the Year candidate Dearica Hamby moves into the starting lineup. She scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and handed out 4 assists in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Lynx. It was her first start since late in the 2017 season.
Liz Cambage and Kayla McBride each shouldered more of the offensive load for Las Vegas against the Lynx, with Cambage posting her fourth double-double of the season (22 points, 13 rebounds), and McBride pouring in 20 points in the victory.
The Aces continue to boast the best defense in the WNBA as they allow just 92.1 points per 100 possessions. Seattle has the second best defense in the league at 95.6 points per 100 possessions.
The Storm are in fourth place in the WNBA standings despite playing the entire season without three-time WNBA champion point guard Sue Bird, and the reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart, both of whom have missed the entire year with injuries.
Seattle forces the most turnovers in the league at 16.9 per game, and has the third best defensive rebound percentage.
In the absence of Bird and Stewart, Natasha Howard has stepped up to post MVP-like numbers, averaging 18.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Jewell Loyd is second on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game, followed by Jordin Canada at 10.4 per contest.
The Aces and Storm split their two previous meetings on the year with each team winning on its home court.
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