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FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Storm – 9/13/2020

Las Vegas Aces (18-4)  |  Seattle Storm (18-4)


The Las Vegas Aces close out the regular season with a 86-84 victory over the Storm


Aces vs Storm
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A game that could be a preview of the 2020 WNBA Finals was one that did not disappoint as the Aces defeated the Storm by a score of 86-84.

Both teams had already clinched a double playoff bye into the semi-finals, but both teams were playing to have the best record in the league and secure the top seed going into the playoffs.



The Aces finish the game strong to hold off Seattle


In a game that did not feature Breanna Stewart or Sue Bird, both being out with injuries, the Aces showed their depth yesterday. Las Vegas’ bench outscored the Storm bench 43 to 18. This was behind a big game from Dearica Hamby. Hamby had 23 points off 8-15 shooting from the bench, outscoring the entire Seattle bench. Danielle Robinson also contributed with 13 points of her own.

Jewell Loyd, the 26-year-old guard from Notre Dame, led the offense for Seattle, scoring 30 points to go along with four assists. The Storm got off to a strong start going on a 15 to 5 run to begin the game. It seemed like every time the Aces would score, the Storm always had an answer. That changed when the Aces went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the second quarter, giving them a 46-44 halftime lead.

The Storm carried a 2 point lead into the 4th quarter, but that’s when Las Vegas took over. Just like the game before on Saturday against the Sparks, the Aces used their strong defense to pull off the victory. They held the Storm to only 5 points in the last 5 minutes of the game, going on a 10-0 run in crunch time. They ended the game on a 12-5 run with Kayla McBride hitting two free throws to finish off the Storm. If this is the matchup we see in the finals, Seattle will most likely have their two stars back in Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart.

A’ja Wilson did her thing once again, scoring 23 with seven rebounds. It was the last game for Wilson to show why she should be considered seriously for the MVP award. It was her 15th 20-point game this season, which ties Arike Ogunbowale for most in the WNBA.


The Aces ride a 6-game winning streak going into the playoffs.



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Las Vegas now sits atop the standings as the best team in the league in the WNBA. They have won 6 in a row and 10 of their last 11.

Star A’ja Wilson talked about her team after the game, “A lot of people weren’t expecting us to even be where we are, so we kinda used that as fuel and just keep going. We are who we are. We aren’t going to change up. We have our system, and we are going to continue to do that.”

The Aces get a well-deserved break after playing seven games in 13 days.


Game 1 of their semi-finals series will be next Sunday, September 20th. Stay tuned to Franchise Sports Media for tip-off time

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-Jarret Thompson – Franchise Sports Media 

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