Las Vegas Aces Take Aim at Front-Running Washington, Friday, with 7:30 PM Tip at MBEC
LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Aces have won four of their last five games to vault into third place in the WNBA standings. For their next test, they take aim at the front-running Washington Mystics who visit the Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, July 5 at 7:30 pm PT.
Las Vegas is now 8-5 on the season. Through 13 games last year, the team was 4-9. All four of the team's most recent victories have come at home, where the Aces are 6-2 this year.
A'ja Wilson leads Las Vegas in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game while connecting on 50.6 percent of her shots from the field. She is two games removed from pouring in a career-high 39 points, which is also the most points scored in a WNBA game this season. Wilson was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season on July 1.
Liz Cambage (14.9), Kayla McBride (14.8) and super-sub Dearica Hamby (11.0) are also averaging in double figures for the Aces.
Despite the team's offensive weapons, Las Vegas hangs its collective hat on the defensive end where the Aces hold opponents to a league-low 39.1 percent shooting from the field. Las Vegas also leads the W in defensive field goal percentage, adjusted field goal percentage, and defensive efficiency.
Washington is 9-3 on the season, having won five straight games. Four of those victories came on the road, and four were by 16 or more points. The Mystics most recent win was a 43-point shellacking over the second place Connecticut Sun on June 29.
Elena Delle Donne paces the Washington offense averaging 17.2 points per game. Three other Mystics regulars are also scoring in double figures- Ariel Atkins (12.2), Kristi Toliver (11.8) and Tianna Hawkins (10.8).
Washington boasts the most efficient offense in the WNBA averaging 112.4 points per 100 possessions according to BasketballReference.com. Indiana has the second best offense in the league at just 102.6 points per 100 possessions. The Mystics are making a WNBA-best 45.7 percent of their shots from the field, and turning the ball over a league-low 12.1 times per game.
Defensively, Washington is ranked second in the league allowing 94.7 points per 100 possessions. They also force the most turnovers in the league at 16.7 per game.
The Mystics won the first meeting between the clubs this season, 95-72, at Mandalay Bay Events Center on June 20. Last year, Washington took two of three from Las Vegas, with the Aces victory coming at home, 85-73.
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