“I had a lot of energy today for the first time in a while so I was excited to play in front of our fans. We’re trying to do everything we can to get a win, but for me it wasn’t enough.” -Kayla McBride
LAS VEGAS (June 27, 2018) — The Las Vegas Aces got a career-high 38 points from Kayla McBride, but it wasn’t enough as the Dallas Wings defeated Las Vegas 97-91 in the final minutes late in the 4th quarter.
Kayla McBride scored a career-high 38 points, reaching double figures in scoring for the 13th time in 14 games this season, and the 12th straight. That is the second most points scored in the WNBA this season, and the second most in franchise history (39, Danielle Adams, September 14, 2013 vs. Atlanta).
A’ja Wilson (22 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists) was two assists shy of a triple double. She handed out a career-high eight assists, and reached double figures in scoring for the 15th time in a row to start her WNBA career. Wilson scored 20 or more points for the 10th time this season. Wilson recorded her seventh double-double of the season, and fourth in her last five games.
The Aces have made 64 of their last 70 free throws as a team (91.4%).
Kayla McBride’s 14 made field goals are the second most in franchise history.
Coach Bill Laimbeer had this to say about Kayla McBride’s performance on the night.
“She’s leading for us right now by example. She’s playing harder than anybody else out there. Her entire mental and physical well-being on the line every play of every game. I’d love to have a million of them, even if they don’t score 38 points every game. I’d like to see that kind of mental toughness in them and determination to win basketball games across the board.”
“I thought A’ja stepped up tonight very well and that department also, but we need a collective effort from all of our players and that’s what we’re searching for. It’s going to take some time unfortunately for them to understand how important every play is in this league because the league is too good. Dallas is a fine basketball team, they were picked to be in the top three at the start of the year. We have to play on top of our game every minute to beat them.”
Kayla played with a lot of mental toughness all season.
“I had a lot of energy today for the first time in a while so I was excited to play in front of our fans. We’re trying to do everything we can to get a win, but for me it wasn’t enough. I could have scored 55 points and if we didn’t get the win, it doesn’t really matter. But I go out there and do my best every single game and today they were going in a but more often than not.”
The Aces host the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday night after their 4-game home stand.
The Aces look to close out this game going .500 before going on the road.
Photo credit: Aces Social.