Jackie Young has not scored 20 plus points in a game since June 5th. The time for that was just ten days earlier when she dropped 27 on the Phoenix Mercury to give her campaign manager A’ja Wilson, the most improved player, something to promote.
Young broke her career high on that May 26 night at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas on May 26 with 29 points to score 10 rebounds when her Las Vegas Aces avenged two earlier losses against the Minnesota Lynx with great confidence-increase, 102-81 win.
“I think it’s just been aggressive from the start,” Young said of her success. ‘Every time I hesitate, it will not be a good night for me. But I just came out aggressive and Chelsea (Gray) gave me the ball. ”
Young was 14-of-19 from the field, while Gray (eight points, four steals) scored a career-high 14 assists and Wilson scored 20 points, six rebounds and two steals. Riquna Williams, Dearica Hamby and Kelsey Plum were also all the most important with 16, 14 and 13 points respectively.
The Aces improved to 21-8 while the Lynx fell to 18-10.
Phoenix Mercury (19-10) over Atlanta Dream (7-21), 76-75
Instead of going after superstar Skylar Diggins-Smith on the right wing over time, Phoenix’s Shey Peddy – the buzzer-beating heroine of a playoff game last year – took a backseat of three and was taken by Elizabeth Williams intoxicated from behind. with 3.8 seconds to go. Peddy (team high of 18 points) made all three free kicks to give the Mercury a 76-75 lead. Atlanta’s Courtney Williams (20 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists) then missed a controversial right baseline jumper at the buzz.