Kelsey Plum became the first banker in WNBA history with 30 points and five assists in a game and did so while shooting 75 percent off the field and leading the Las Vegas Aces to a back-to-back, 85-75 victory over the Dallas Wings Monday afternoon at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas.
Kelsey Plum was big in the Aces victory:
9-12 FG (75%)
5-7 3P (71.4%)
She is the first player to have 30 PTS and 5 AST off the bench in a WNBA game.
She is the 4th player (starter or reserve) with 30/5 while shooting 75% or better off the field.
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“She will be the sixth person of the year, if there is nothing wrong,” Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said. “You know you’ll fall 30 off the bench and win an important, important game for us.”
The win means the Aces can score the No. 2 seed and a double bee in the playoffs with one more win or one more Minnesota Lynx loss.
A Jackie Young setback in the middle of the third buzz gave the Aces a four-point lead and for a while excitement entered the final frame. The score comes after Young stole the ball in the backyard, passed it to Dearica Hamby (who missed) and got a kick back in the air.
A 16-4 run in Vegas took the score from 51-41 Wings to 57-55 Aces. Plum scored 11 points during the run and Riquna Williams put the three who tied it at 2:22 in third place before an A’ja Wilson jumper Vegas gave the score 1:13 in third. After Young’s big game, she again stole a chase that led to a Plum try, which put the Aces seven seconds on the fourth in fourth position.
Dallas hung out for much of the fourth, but Vegas would have led by as many as 13 in the frame, which was also Dallas’ biggest lead of the night.
The Aces struggled in this game, but they were able to turn it on and take control when it matters most, a good sign as the playoffs approach.
Plum was 5-of-7 from downtown.
Wilson finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and two steals. Williams had 16 points, while Young (six rebounds, three assists, four steals) and Chelsea Gray (three assists, two steals) each had eight. Arike Ogunbowale had 23 points and eight rebounds in defeat.
The Aces reduced their deficit from 10 to six in the first 1:49 of the second, forcing a Dallas timeout. But Ogunbowale got a try straight out of the time-out to extend the lead to nine, and rookie Chelsea Dungee showed her shooting skills with a deep two to make it to 11. The Wings took a 13-point lead with 6: 22 to play in the frame. . Vegas kept trying to break away, but never came closer than six in the quarter and with nine behind at halftime.
Ogunbowale, Allisha Gray, Marina Mabrey and Kayla Thornton combined combined for 41 of Dallas’ 45 first-half points. Mabrey had five assists at halftime and Charli Collier, No. 1, had six boards. The team shot 50 percent off the field and from outside the arc in the first two quarters to thwart attempts at six fewer free kicks than the Aces. Ogunbowale was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from distance.
In the second half, Ogunbowale was 3-of-13 from the field and 0-of-6 from deep and the wing’s field goal percentage as a team dropped to 41.9 percent.
The Aces never take many tries, but usually they are effective. A 1-on-7 attempt in the first half hurts. They have improved to 6-of-12 in the last two frames.
The Wings come out and make a statement that they can be dangerous in the playoffs, winning the opening frame 29-19 and leading by as many as 12. Ogunbowale were 3-of-4 at a distance with 11 points.
“(29s) too many,” Plum said of the points her team handed over in the first quarter. ‘Especially at home. And they succeeded in the same actions. We therefore do not communicate and do not follow the scout. It’s really just a lack of focus. (Assistant Coach) Tanisha (Wright) really jumped on us and challenged us to be better. And I thought we were getting better as the game progressed. ”
San Antonio Silver Star legend Becky Hammon was honored at halftime when her jersey no. 25 was brought on the body.