10 things we learned from the Las Vegas Aces’ 98-63 win over ChinaMay 7, 2018
LAS VEGAS –(May 7, 2018) The Las Vegas Aces have a star in A’ja Wilson, she scored the team’s first (9 points) in a three minute span. Despite, the Aces having three turnovers with the team shooting (64%.3) from the field in the first quarter, Sequoia Holmes provided a spark off the bench, she forced a turnover on China and made an assist to A’ja Wilson on a fast break pass with an easy layup to Wilson inside the paint on the 6-8 Center Xu Han.
A’ja Wilson – Had a stellar performance, she finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assist in 21 minutes of play.
Seqouia Holmes – The Vegas native played with the same heart and passion, similar to her playing days at UNLV. Holmes provided a spark off the bench and instantly forced a turnover in seconds right off the bench, she finished with 5 points, 4 steals, and 0 turnover in 11 minutes of action.
JiSu Park – Provided energy with 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 21 minutes of play, her numbers don’t jump off the stat sheet, however, her presence was felt on the court, especially, on defense. She is very sound on defense, made the correct reads, and protected the paint when Han Xu the 6-8 Center tried to dominate the paint.
Nia Coffey’s – efforts didn’t go unnoticed either, she finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Coffey got to the free throw line several times, she was 5 out of 7 and looked consistent. There was a moment in the game, when Nia Coffey showed true patience, while sitting at the wing, waiting for a play to develop, she crashed the board to get an offensive rebound and drew a foul while scoring a basket.
Jaime Nared – Was solid in her (preseason) rookie debut with 8 points, 2 steals, and 2 assists. Nared played 13 minutes of action and stole the ball from the Li Yueru and finished the play with an assist to JiSu Park. The Aces pulled away from China with a 75-53 lead in the third period.
The overall team efficiency was great, despite the first quarter jitters from the Aces. Las Vegas’ biggest lead was 35 over the China National Team.
Team Grade: A
Offense: The team shot 38 out of 70 from the field, finishing with (54.3%).
The Aces led in every quarter throughout the game, 20 to 12 in the first, 33 to 25 in the second, 23 to 17 in the third, and 22 to 9 in the fourth. The Aces finished with 98 points.
Defense: The Aces guarded the perimeter very well, China attempted 18 threes and converted 3, for (16.7%).
The team had 20 defensive rebounds, A’ja Wilson collected 7.
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