Las Vegas Aces break Fever 113-77

Oct 4, 2020; Bradenton, Florida, USA; Las Vegas Aces center A’ja Wilson (22) reacts to a call during game two of the 2020 WNBA Finals against the Seattle Storm at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

After inching out a much-needed, early-season win away against Phoenix Mercury in their last contest, the Las Vegas Aces (4-2) pounded the (1-6) Indiana Fever 113-77 at Mandalay Bay’s Michelob Ultra Arena on Friday night.

Bill Laimbeer’s squad looked dominant in the first quarter of action as the Aces A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage would combine for 20 of the Aces 30 points against overmatched Indiana. 

Led by starters Wilson (23), Cambage (11), and Chelsea Gray (19), the third quarter would see four Aces make it to double-digits in scoring as the Las Vegas Aces would enter the fourth quarter up 87-58.

Las Vegas would build a cushy 17-point 30-13 lead heading into the second quarter of play as hard cuts to the basket would lead to several trips to the free-throw line for the Aces. The ability of Las Vegas to draw the foul allowed them to build the big lead early.

Hamby has a big night for Las Vegas Aces

Dearica Hamby would continue her dominance on the season with 11 points on 75% shooting, including a very good 5-7 from the free-throw line, helping the Aces secure a 12-point lead at the half. 

Shooting a strong 57% from the field, 60% from three-point range, and 76% from the free-throw line, the Aces outplayed the Fever in every aspect of the game in the first half. That dominant first half is all the Aces would need to pick up their fourth win on the young season.

The Fever struggled shooting on the night. Indiana finished shooting 45% overall and only 26% from beyond-the-arc.

Led by starters Wilson (23), Cambage (11), and Chelsea Gray (19), the third quarter would see four Aces make it to double-digits in scoring as the Las Vegas Aces would enter the fourth quarter up 87-58.

Despite the big lead and dominant performances from her teammates, Hamby wasn’t done. Leading all scorers, the 6-foot-3, three-year forward would score 25 off the bench on 7-11 shooting and 11-14 from the charity stripe.

Overall, a dominant performance at home by the Aces at home.

Fever starters and sisters Tiffany and Kelsey Mitchell would combine for 27 of the Fever’s 77 in what would amount to an overwhelming win for a Vegas team seemingly built for another serious playoff run.