After wrapping up a three-game road trip with a close 96-93 win against the Washington Mystics, the Las Vegas Aces (7-3) returned home to the Michelob Ultra Stadium and beat the Dallas Wings, 85-78, on Sunday.
It was a bit of a homecoming for Wings coach Vickie Johnson, who was hired as an assistant coach with the Aces when they first moved to Las Vegas. She became head coach for Dallas in December of 2020.
Two games behind Seattle (9-2), and toting the league’s highest point differential (+9.6), the Aces are cooking at the right time and continue to maintain their status as one of the WNBA’s perennial powerhouses.
With five players averaging double-digits in scoring on a combined 51% shooting from the field, the Las Vegas Aces offense can come from anyone on any given night. That balance is even more challenging for opposing teams when several Aces are having explosive nights.
On Sunday, three Las Vegas Aces reached double-figures in scoring. A’ja Wilson led the way with 28 points while Liz Cambridge added 14 points and Kelsey Plum scored 13. Wilson also had 14 rebounds for Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Aces dominate as Wings falter
The Wings (5-6) were coming off a three-game win streak that included an impressive road sweep of the Phoenix Mercury. Satou Sabally led Dallas with 24 points while Isabelle Harrison scored 13 and Arike Ogunbowale added 11 points. Harrison also had nine rebounds.
The Las Vegas Aces would take a five-point 27-22 lead going into the second act of play. Most of the first half would consist of a back-and-forth play on both ends of the floor. Aces’ offensive and defensive efforts would combine to secure a tight, two-point 43-41 lead going into the half
The second half of play would continue along a similar narrative.
While both squads would scratch and claw for position, the Las Vegas Aces would see needless turnovers converted into easy fast break points as an evenly contested match would remain tight down the stretch. Both teams would shoot lights, including a combined 80% from the free throw line.
The Aces led by two going into the fourth, but pulled away by outscoring the Wings 20-15 in the final quarter.