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FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Lynx – Game 11 – 2023

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Las Vegas Aces (10-1) | Minnesota Lynx (3-8)


The Las Vegas Aces wiped the floor with the Minnesota Lynx, taking a 93-62 victory.

The Aces vs Lynx played at the Michelob ULTRA Arena on Sunday.

Aces vs Lynx Jackie Young
Photo Credit: Trisha LaCoste/Franchise Sports Media

The Las Vegas Aces dominated the third quarter 20-7 en route to a 93-62 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday evening at the Michelob ULTRA Arena

The Aces went into the game as the league’s highest-scoring team at 91.8 points per game, scoring 90-plus points in nine of their 11 games this season.

The 62 points scored by the Lynx was the lowest total by an Aces’ opponent this season.

The six turnovers by the Aces also marked the first time this season that Las Vegas was in single digits for turnovers.

Jackie Young put up 24 points (7-of-12 FGs, 2-for-5 3s, 8-of-8 FTs), four rebounds, and two steals. Kelsey Plum made 8-of-11 from the field and scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers.

The Aces handled business against the Lynx

Plum broke a streak of 18 games with three or fewer 3s. The last time Plum made four shots from afar was against the Phoenix Mercury on August 20th, 2022.

The start of the Aces vs Lynx first half. 

Aces vs Lynx Kelsey Plum
Photo Credit: Trisha LaCoste/Franchise Sports Media

Chelsea Gray had 17 points and five assists, while Candace Parker added 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Kiah Stokes also tied her season-high of four blocks.

A’ja Wilson had her streak of 34 consecutive games scoring in double figure snapped, which stands as the fifth-longest streak in Aces’ franchise history. She finished with just eight points on 4-of-14 shooting but grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds and tied her season-best with four blocks.

Riquna Williams has yet to dress for the Aces, dealing with lower back issues.

Napheesa Collier led Minnesota with 18 points (6-of-15 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), seven rebounds, and two blocks. No other Lynx player scored in double digits.

Neither team was able to lead by more than five points, and with 2:08 left in the first period, the game was knotted following a 3-pointer from Collier. Young responded with a floater, giving the Aces a lead they would never give up. 

The end of the Aces vs Lynx first half. 

However, the Lynx kept it close, and after Plum hit a jumper with 6.5 seconds on the clock, the Aces held a 26-22 edge at the end of the first quarter.

The start of the Aces vs Lynx second half. 

Aces vs Lynx Candice Parker
Photo Credit: Trisha LaCoste/Franchise Sports Media

The game remained close through most of the second frame. However, a 3-point play by Plum sparked a 9-0 run to close the quarter for Las Vegas. Gray, who passed out three dimes in the period, hit 5-of-7 for 11 points.

Collier made a jumper to open the scoring in the second half, but the Aces responded with an 18-3 run, including two 3s by Plum, to blow the game open.

Las Vegas outscored the Lynx 14-4 as their lead ballooned to 68-45. The Aces continued to expand their lead for a 74-48 advantage with 10 minutes to play. 

Not only did Las Vegas hold Collier to three points, but they also held the Lynx to 14.3 percent (3-of-21 FGs, 0-for-8 3s) and scored six points off of six Minnesota turnovers.

The Aces went up by as many as 37 points, 87-50, in the fourth quarter.

Las Vegas made 33.3 percent (10-of-30) of their 3-point attempts, while the Lynx were held to 16.7 percent (4-for-24) from beyond the arc.

It was complete domination from the Aces, as their starters outscored the Lynx’ starters 81-40. On the other hand, Minnesota’s reserves outscored Las Vegas’ bench 22-12.

Up next, the Aces travel to Phoenix for a clash with the Mercury. It will mark the first meeting between the two teams this year, having faced off 94 times in the regular season. The Mercury own a 53-41 record over the Aces. However, Las Vegas has won the last five games and seven of the past ten meetings, including the postseason.

The final score of the Aces vs Lynx was 93-62 Aces.

The Aces will now take on the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday, June 21, at 12:30 PST.


– Jake Ideguchi-Furukawa – Franchise Sports Media

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