LAS VEGAS (May 20, 2018) — The Las Vegas Aces opened their season on the road against the Connecticut Sun and fell 101-65 with A’ja Wilson earning her first career double-double in her pro debut, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Aces got off to a fast start in the first quarter, going on a (9-2) run with Tamera Young scoring the Aces’ first points in franchise history.
Las Vegas committed (18) turnovers to (8) for Connecticut. The turnovers appear to be an issue with this team, the Aces turned the ball over a lot in preseason against China (13) and Dallas (16).
Tamera Young had a very good game, she finished with 23 points, shot 50% from the field, and 100% from the free throw line going 8-8 in 28 minutes.
Bill Laimbeer got a lot of his bigs, the team collected (41) rebounds, (12) on offense and (29) coming from the defense.
The Aces’ defense can improve on protecting the perimeter shot, Connecticut shot (52.4) percent from the three-point line on 11-21 three-point attempts.
A’ja Wilson had a stellar block on Shekinna Stricken in the third quarter, Stricken drove the ball from the wing on what appeared to be an easy layup, until A’ja Wilson closed out the lane and timed the block perfectly, which gave the Aces an easy basket off a blocked shot for Tamera Young.
JiSu Park was solid (again) off the bench, Park finished with 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 100% from the free throw line in 15 minutes of play.
Nia Coffey finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 steal. Her numbers don’t reflect the impact that Coffey had in the game, but she was all over the court fighting for rebounds and closing out lanes.
Las Vegas is still without Kayla McBride and Kelsey Plum, both of whom are completing their international commitments, playing in the Turkish League Finals.
Moriah Jefferson did not dress as she continues to recover from a knee injury sustained last season.
As noted by the team with the quote above, Plum and Jefferson did not play for the Aces and we still didn’t see the team’s full unit come together and play one single possession together (yet).
The Aces travel to Washington on Tuesday to continue their two game road schedule.