Game Preview: Aces Look for Sixth Straight Win in the Wubble, Thursday, on ESPN
Bradenton, FL - The Las Vegas Aces try to make it six straight wins in the wubble, Thursday, as they take on the Minnesota Lynx on ESPN in a battle for second place. Tip is slated for 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.
Both teams enter the game with 6-2 records- one-and-a-half game back of the Seattle Storm who beat Atlanta Wednesday evening to improve to 8-1 (View Game Notes).
The Aces turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, Tuesday, to beat the Indiana Fever, 98-79, for the team's fifth straight win. That ties the longest winning streak for the franchise since the team moved to Las Vegas prior to the 2018 season.
Angel McCoughtry scored a game-high 20 points in the win on near-perfect 9-of-10 shooting from the field. Five other members of the Aces scored in double figures led by Jackie Young's career-high tying 17 points. Two-time All-Star and MVP front-runner A'ja Wilson added a 12-point, 10 rebound double-double.
Wilson leads the WNBA in scoring (21.0), is fourth in rebounding (9.0) and ninth in blocked shots (1.00). She leads the second most efficient offense in the league, as Las Vegas averages 104.6 points per 100 possessions. They are second in the W in field goal percentage, fourth in three-point field goal percentage, third in turnover percentage, and first in free throw rate.
Defense is where the team has traditionally hung its hat, and 2020 is no exception as the Aces rank third in the league in defensive efficiency, allowing 96.0 points per 100 possessions. They are the top defensive rebounding team in the WNBA, and hold opponents to a league-best 28.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Minnesota has the second best defense in the league, forcing opponents into a turnover on 21.6 percent of their possessions, and limiting them to 43.2 percent shooting from the field. They are the top offensive rebounding team in the league, and boast five players averaging double-figures in scoring.
Perennial WNBA All-Star Sylvia Fowles, who recently became the league's career rebound leader, ranks ninth in the league in scoring (16.7) and first in rebounding (11.3). She is connecting on 60.3 percent of her field goal attempts, and is fifth in the league in blocked shots.
Last year's WNBA Rookie of the Year, Napheesa Collier, is averaging 12.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Crystal Dangerfield is making her case for the 2020 rookie of the year, averaging 12.5 points and 3.3 assists per game.
The Aces are 25-58 all-time against the Lynx, but won two of the three meetings between the clubs a year ago.
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