FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Wings – Game 32 – 2022

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Las Vegas Aces (22-10)  |  Dallas Wings (15-16)

 

 

The Las Vegas Aces’ nine-game winning streak vs the Dallas Wings came to a close on Thursday night as a late Teairra McCowan basket gave Dallas the 82-80 win. Vegas’ offense struggled to get on track for the second-straight game and now find themselves in danger of slipping in the standings.

 

Aces vs. Wings
Photo Credit: Las Vegas Aces

On the heels of a disappointing loss to the Washington Mystics, who will finish the season as the only WNBA team to not lose to the Las Vegas Aces in 2022, Becky Hammon‘s squad had a tremendous chance to regain its rhythm Thursday. The Aces faced off against the team it has recently had the most success against — the Dallas Wings.

Entering Thursday’s contest, the Wings hadn’t beaten the Aces in their last nine tries, and without Arike Ogunbowale, there was an unlikely chance that the losing streak would be snapped. Or, that’s probably how the Aces were thinking.

For two-quarters of basketball, Las Vegas didn’t show up. The Aces‘ 35 first-half points tied a season-worst, and for most of the game, it seemed as if Chelsea Gray was the only one who had a feel for how to break the Wings’ tough defense.

The game was really to me (lost in) the first quarter,” said Hammon following the defeat. “Not being locked in defensively against a team that’s very hungry. They’re fighting for their lives. We just didn’t match that intensity. We didn’t match the focus coming out in the first quarter.

Offensively, the team eventually woke up in time to erase a 15-point lead. Yet, their intense final 10 minutes of basketball during the fourth quarter was all for naught. Dallas’ Teaira  McCowan scored the go-ahead bucket in the closing moments before A’ja Wilson blew an uncontested layup that would have likely sent the contest into overtime.

It happens, people miss layups,” said Chelsea Gray after the game when speaking on Wilson‘s blown layup. “I mean, it hurts. But we should never had been in that position, to begin with. If we had a better first quarter, we give ourselves a better chance at the end of the game. So, she’ll be fine. We support her. It’s not going to deter us from going to her late game anyways. She just missed it, and it’s fine.

So, in the end, the Aces suffer a heartbreaking 82-80 loss to the Dallas Wings in what many would call one of the more unpredictable outcomes of the season.

 

GAME NOTES:

Chelsea Gray led the Aces from start to finish. Each one of her season-high 28 points was necessary and almost enough to will the team to victory.

Teairra McCowan was the star of the night. Not one single player on Vegas’ roster could match her physicality in the paint, as seen in her final stat line of 21 points and 16 rebounds. As Becky Hammon put it, “McCowan hurt us.”

The Aces shot and made a season-low eight free throws, which was odd for how physical the game was.

 

TOP PERFORMERS:

Chelsea Gray (Aces) – 28 PTS, 5 ASTS, 5/8 3PT

Jackie Young (Aces) – 19 PTS, 2 REBS, 2 ASTS, 2/6 3PT

Teairra McCowan (Wings) – 21 PTS, 16 REBS, 2 STLS

Ty Harris (Wings) – 15 PTS, 6 ASTS, 1/2 3PT

 

Las Vegas will conclude its five-game roadtrip on Sunday, August 7th when the Aces try to steal a win against Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm at Climate Pledge Arena. You can watch the game live on ABC at 12 p.m. PST before checking back with us after the game for a recap and analysis.

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