FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Sun – Game 14 – 2022

Franchise Sports Media

Las Vegas Aces (12-2)  |  Dallas Wings (6-8)

 

 

The Las Vegas Aces beat the Dallas Wings 92-84 on Wednesday afternoon as the Vegas starters scored every single point for the second-straight game.

 

Aces vs. Wings
Photo Credit: Dallas Wings

As the 2022 basketball season reaches its midway point of the schedule, it’s becoming more and more evident that the Aces have what it takes to win the WNBA championship. They have shown that they can win by putting up elite offensive numbers, they’ve clamped down on defense on several occasions, but now they’re proving they can play from behind.

Is that a dangerous way to operate? Surely. However, it happens from time to time, and these regular-season reps that Vegas is currently getting should be beneficial later in the year.

In a rare early-afternoon start, the Aces fell behind by as many as 16 points to the Dallas Wings during the first half of Wednesday’s contest. Yet, the slow start wasn’t unordinary for the Aces, who allowed 20 or more opening-quarter points for the fifth time in their last six games.

On top of not being able to match the intensity and slow Arike Ogunbowale and the Dallas offense, Las Vegas‘ offense was late to the party — it scored just 14 points in the frame, which was the lowest first-quarter output of the season. But thanks to the timely buckets and floor generalship of Chelsea Gray, the Aces stuck around just long enough to keep the game within striking distance (nine points) at the half.

As it turns out, being within striking distance was all coach Hammon‘s squad needed.

“Every game takes on its own personality, and I thought they (Dallas) came out and definitely threw a pretty good punch at us,” said Hammon following the win. “Luckily, we were able to kind of maintain and stay afloat, at least a little bit, until we could make some adjustments in the second half.”

Whether those adjustments had more to do with schematics or effort, there was undoubtedly a different vibe to the team as the first couple of minutes ticked off of the scoreboard at College Park Center in Arlington, TX. The 31-15 third-quarter saw Vegas dictate the pace of the game, something the

Aces vs. Wings
Photo Credit: WNBA

Wings had done for much of the first half. Gray continued setting the table for everyone, but now, Dearica Hamby and Kelsey Plum brought the energy and needed tempo with their transition offense. At the same time, A’ja Wilson changed the game on both ends of the floor.

Additionally, Jackie Young and the rest of the Las Vegas defense helped limit Ogunbowale to only four points in the frame after she scored 17 in the first half. It was in the Aces‘ control from then on.

In the end, Plum continued to pile on the points and inch closer to the league’s scoring leader, Wilson put on another MVP performance, and Hamby continued to shine in the starting unit. The Aces move to 12-2 with the win and clinch a spot in the Commissioner’s Cup.

 

 

TOP PERFORMERS:

Kelsey Plum (Aces) – 27 PTS, 4 REBS, 3 ASTS, 4/11 3PT

A’ja Wilson (Aces) – 25 PTS, 5 REBS, 4 BLKS, 1/1 3PT

Arike Ogunbowale (Wings) – 21 PTS, 7 REBS, 3 ASTS, 3/15 3PT

Marina Mabrey (Wings) – 18 PTS, 3 REBS, 3/7 3PT

 

Las Vegas will return home to take on the Minnesota Lynx on Father’s Day, June 19th, at 3 pm. You can watch the game on CBS Sports Network before checking back with us after the game for a recap and analysis.

Aces vs Wings               Aces vs Wings             Aces vs Wings             Aces vs Wings             Aces vs Wings             Aces vs Wings                                                

-Cole Huff– Franchise Sports Media

Follow Cole on Twitter @ColeHoops

Follow The Franchise on social media

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

YouTube