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FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs. Mystics – Game 31 – 2022

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Las Vegas Aces (22-9)  |  Washington Mystics (20-12)

 

 

The Las Vegas Aces fell to the Washington Mystics for the third time this season. The 73 points scored in Tuesday’s 83-73 loss were just two points off of their 71-point season low set against the Minnesota Lynx. Keep scrolling for more details on the loss.

 

RECAP:

Aces vs. Mystics
Photo Credit: Washington Mystics

Your Las Vegas Aces have accomplished many things this 2022 season. They’ve beaten the 2021 WNBA champion Chicago Sky in a Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game. Becky Hammon is a one-time recipient of one of this season’s WNBA Coach of the Month awards. Kelsey Plum has won the MVP of the 2022 All-Star Game. Also, this season, A’ja Wilson is already a two-time WNBA Player of the Month. The point is that there are a variety of things these ladies can say they have accomplished to this point in the season. Yet, it’s what they haven’t done that remains the concern.

For the second time under Hammon, the Aces went into the nation’s capital hoping to build on a winning streak, but again, fell at the hands of a superior Washington defense that overpowered Las Vegas‘ league-best offense. And if you take into account the other Mystics-Aces matchup that took place at Michelob ULTRA Arena in June, Vegas is now 0-3 on the year vs. the Elena Delle Donne-led squad — all three packed with poor offensive performances.

 

ACES OFFENSE VS. MYSTICS

May 10, 2022, –> 76 points, 41.6 field goal percentage (27/65), 35.3 3-point percentage (6/17), 16 turnovers

June 25, 2022, –> 86 points, 38.3 field goal percentage (31/81), 41.7 3-point percentage (10/24), 15 turnovers

August 2, 2022, –> 73 points, 40.6 field goal percentage (26/64), 34.6 field goal percentage (9/26) 8 turnovers

 

Aces vs. Mystics
Photo Credit: Las Vegas Aces

How could an offense so good (Las Vegas) fail to find answers for the same defense on multiple occasions? Firstly, the Mystics have the type of defenders that could drive the Aces up the wall. Their perimeter defenders, Natasha Cloud, Alysha Clark, and Ariel Atkins, are some of the very best in the W. They use their size and strength at the position to make life tough on opposing teams’ ball-handlers, which happened to Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum on Tuesday.

Washington also possesses the mastermind that is head coach Mike Thibault, arguably the best coach in all of the WNBA, and one who takes defense extremely seriously. That formula has proven time and time again throughout the season to be a headache for the Aces‘ offense.

But other recurring issues reared their ugly heads on Tuesday night for the Aces in DC. Their WNBA-worst 3-point defense once again failed to contain its opponents’ attack from beyond the arc. And unfortunately, the bench and its five total points seemed non-existent for all of the game, which is disappointing at this stage of the season.

There are things to improve on before the playoffs roll around. And if the Aces want to bring the 2022 WNBA championship to the City of Sin, they’re more than likely to bump heads with the Mystics, who are undoubtedly the biggest thorn in Vegas‘ side.

 

 

TOP PERFORMERS:

A’ja Wilson (Aces): 22 PTS, 12 REBS, 3 ASTS, 3 BLKS

Chelsea Gray (Aces): 20 PTS, 3 REBS, 3 ASTS, 2/4 3PT

Shakira Austin (Mystics): 15 PTS, 8 REBS

Natasha Cloud (Mystics): 16 PTS, 4 REBS, 9 ASTS, 2 STLs

 

You can catch the Aces in action on Thursday, August 4th, when they travel to Dallas for a duel with Arike Ogunbowale and the Wings. You can tune in to the game live at 5 p.m. PST on ESPN3. Check back in with us here at Franchise Sports Media following the game for a recap.

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