Chelsea Gray hit a four-second setback in the middle of the right elbow to give the Las Vegas Aces an 84-83 lead and the Washington Mystics’ Ariel Atkins, guarded by Liz Cambage and A’ja Wilson , has a miss decent look at a three-point at the buzzer, allowing the Aces to retain a 21-point comeback win and move to first place in the WNBA Sunday at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas.
Wilson (20 points, 14 rebounds) hit a jersey with a quick flyhalf from the free line, with a great assist from Gray (eight points, 11 assists), with 32 seconds left to put Vegas behind. to reduce one. The Aces win the fourth 29-14. A Myisha Hines-Allen reverse lineup with 1:52 to go into the third dropped them 21.
Vegas finished third on a 9-2 run and opened the fourth on an 8-0 run to cut it to six. Cambage (17 points, seven rebounds) scored eight of the points during the combined 17-2 stretch.
Washington went back eight at an Atkins center distance, with 2:31 to play. Rugby-to-back Wilson Files then cut it to four and Jackie Young (14 points) added three more points to cut it to one. Natasha Cloud made a difficult setup for the Mystics, with 38 ticks making it 83-80 in her team’s favor, but the Aces eventually completed their return thanks to Wilson and Gray.
Dearica Hamby added six points and eight boards to the winning point, while Riquna Williams and Kelsey Plum scored nine and eight points respectively.
Tina Charles finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Mystics, while Atkins also scored 20 points. Cloud was good for 11 points and 10 helpers and in her return Hines-Allen posted 16 points and eight boards from a knee injury that has kept her away since June 17th. The Mystics are expected to be better with Hines-Allen on the floor and It’s scary to think how good they can be with Elena Delle Donne as they have the best team in the league leading by 21.
However, the bigger story than the strong performance of Mystics was ultimately the Aces who achieved first place in an exciting way. The Seattle Storm lost earlier in the day in overtime with the Chicago Sky, which enabled the Aces to level at 16-6. Las Vegas has a draw over Seattle due to a 2-1 record.
“It was just a very frustrating experience for three-quarters,” Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said after Sunday’s game. ‘And then we did something we do not normally do – a wild stand, a wild return. … But I give Washington credit, they played very well. ”
‘It’s a wonderful lesson to be learned without being painful. I think that was what today was about. We pulled out one we probably should not have had. … It’s a lesson that we have to play so hard against every team in this league. And we did it for a quarter. Or maybe a quarter and five minutes somewhere touching or missing. That can not happen. We want to win, we want to compete for a championship. We have to show up every night, every minute, every day and play hard. ”
The Aces were able to defeat the Mystics (8-11) with similar 3-point shooting efficiency, even though they made seven fewer steps. They outscored the Mystics 38-28 in the paint and outscored them 38-33. They also made eight more free kicks.
Chicago Sky (11-10) over Seattle Storm (16-6), 87-85 (OT)
The Allie Quigley of Chicago (17 points, eight rebounds, four assists) scored consecutive tries with 71 and 46 seconds respectively to go into the fourth to force overtime and the usual clutch Jewell Loyd (26 points, five steals) missed a lineup at the buzzer of OT, whereby the Sky was able to hold and defeat the Storm team with rest stars Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird.
Candace Parker (12 points, nine rebounds, two blocks) made a key lineup with 1:06 left in OT, giving Chicago a much-needed four-point cushion. As a result, Loyd’s lineup with 31 ticks left, cut the Sky’s lead to two instead of leveling the game.
Kahleah Copper led the Sky with four points in OT and 19 points in the game. She also had four aids. Courtney Vandersloot had 11 assists and eight boards, while Diamond DeShields had 13 points.
Ezi Magbegor had 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in defeat, while Mercedes Russell (10 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists) and Epiphanny Prince (13 points, seven rebounds, four assists) were solid across the state.
Connecticut Sun (15-6) over Dallas Wings (9-13), 80-59
The Sun made a statement after playing in the Commissaris Cup Championship. Meanwhile, it was disappointing for Dallas, which had a lot of people talking in the first half of the season.
Jonquel Jones scored 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners, while teammates Brionna Jones, DeWanna Bonner and Jasmine Thomas scored 16, 14 and 12 points respectively. B. Jones added seven assists and Thomas dished out four assists. Both Bonner and Thomas stole four. Briann January contributed nine points and five assists.
Arike Ogunbowale had 20 points and five assists in a defeat.
Connecticut won on the attacking glass 9-1 and had 13 second chances compared to zero for Dallas. The teams’ shooting percentages were similar, but the Sun forced 21 Wings turnover and claimed only 12.
Minnesota Lynx (13-7) over New York Liberty (10-12), 88-78
Led by double-doubles from Napheesa Collier (18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, five blocks) and Sylvia Fowles (20 points, 11 rebounds, three steals), the Lynx returns from below one entering the fourth. Natasha Howard scored 30 points for Liberty in her return from a knee injury that has sidelined her since May 24.
Kayla McBride added 16 points to the winning streak, while Layshia Clarendon scored eight assists. Sabrina Ionescu scored 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists in defeat.
Phoenix Mercury (10-10) over Atlanta Dream (6-14), 92-81
Skylar Diggins Smith (19 points, seven assists), Diana Taurasi (18 points, 6 assists) and Brianna Turner (10 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks) played on their strengths to secure the Phoenix victory. Brittney Griner added 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks, while Sophie Cunningham scored 17 points this season.
Courtney Williams was phenomenal with 30 points and six assists in a defeat.
Phoenix led 11 after one, but at halftime with five before an equal third quarter. It won the fourth 29-23. 3-point shooting (10-of-25 to 3-of-17) and free-throw shooting (12-of-17 to 4-of-7) were key areas where the Mercury scored.
Los Angeles Sparks (7-13) over Indiana Fever (4-17), 75-70
LA’s Brittney Sykes had 16 points and seven rebounds and the Sparks won the fourth 16-11. Amanda Zahui B. added 13 points, nine boards and three blocks for the winners, while Nneka Ogwumike had 12 points, seven boards and two blocks in her return from a knee injury that has kept her away since June 1st. Erica Wheeler rounded out the Sparks’ double-digit scorers with 12 points along with her six assists.
Kelsey Mitchell was good for 20 points and six rebounds in a defeat.
The Sparks shot much better off the field (43.9 percent to 33.3 percent) and won the battle in the paint 36-24.