Las Vegas Aces Move into First Place With, 74-71, Win over Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Las Vegas Aces have the best record in the WNBA following the team's 74-71 victory over the Indiana Fever, Wednesday afternoon. Coupled with losses by Washington (9-5) and Connecticut (9-6), the Aces 10-5 record has them a half-game ahead of the Mystics and a full game ahead of the Sun.
Indiana scored the first 8 points of the game as the Aces missed their first seven shots from the field. Kayla McBride ended the run with a three-pointer, which started a 7-0 run for Las Vegas.
The Fever led 29-25 with 4:16 to go in the first half, but the Aces countered by scoring the next 11 points, and took a 38-35 lead into the locker room at the break.
Las Vegas extended its lead to as many as eight in the third quarter, and was still up three, 53-50 with 3:13 to go in the period. Indiana scored 10 of the next 11 points to go up by seven, 61-54.
The Aces scored the final two points of the third quarter, and 10 of the first 12 points in the fourth. The Fever would tie the game twice down the stretch, but never regain the lead.
Both teams committed 11 turnovers, but the Aces scored 15 points off Indiana's miscues, while the Fever managed just three points off the Aces'.
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 46th straight game which is the longest active streak in the league (19 points).
A'ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 47th time in 48 games as a professional (12 points).
Kayla McBride scored in double figures for the 13th time this season (14 points).
Ke;sey Plum scored in double figures for the seventh time this season (14 points).
Las Vegas has won eight straight games against the Fever.
The Fever committed 8 turnovers in the first quarter after committing 7 in the entire game (including overtime) the last time they played the Aces on July 10. They committed just 3 for the remainder of the game, Wednesday.
The Aces are 5-0 when making more three-pointers than their opponent this season.
The Aces travel to Washington, D.C. for a 4 pm PT tip Saturday, July 13 against the Mystics.
Head Coach Pokey Chatman
"I thought our D was solid enough to put us in position to win a basketball game - but evidently it wasn't. We had eight turnovers [in the first quarter] and then we had zero [until the last five minutes of the game]. What changed? We know we are good enough to win games, but we can't make errors at crunch time."
"We are disappointed because we let an awesome opportunity get away. Those crunch time possessions matter. I give credit to the opposition and Las Vegas is a great team with great players who made great plays. We've had two great games against one of the best teams in the league. If we have turnovers, I want it to be because they turn us over, not because we turn it over."
(On the missed free throw that would've tied the game at 72)
"It just went long, the second one. I knew it when it left my hand. Gotta make it. They're free throws, they're easy. Get back in the gym, work on those. Just try to eliminate mistakes, keep us from being in a position where we have to rely on free throws. But that was on me."
(On the last few minutes of the game)
"They just made a few more shots than us. We turned it over in the last five minutes, so, you know, it was on us."
(On the team playing with more intensity when McCowan is in the game)
"They just know that when I'm in there that I'll have their help. If they need anything that would be off the bounce, I'm the second line of defense behind them, so they know I'm behind."
LAS VEGAS QUOTES:
Head Coach Bill Laimbeer
"Grinding out wins is what we're trying to do right now. Today was a hard-fought game. We didn't play well, but we got the win. That's the sign of a good team."
(On what allowed the team to rally in the fourth quarter)
"I thought we finally made some plays. We made some good defensive stops, made a couple mistakes, didn't get the rebound on a big shot and gave them a three-ball, but overall we made some good offensive plays to win the game."
"Every team's a good team this season, so you've just got to stay with it and stay tough, focus on getting the little things done."
"Every game's important. Every game means something. Every win you can get, you've just got to take it."
"I think that we did a really good job with ball pressure, just playing tough. When that happens, we're able to kinda run and get what we want. I mean, they're a tough team to play so it's good that we got the win."
(On being able to win multiple ways)
"That's what you have to do in this league. You have to adapt. Every team is different, every game is different. It's a noon game, it's Kids Day, it's loud. We're on the West Coast coming to the East Coast, it's 9 a.m. for us. You just have to figure out how to win."
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