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Wilson leads Aces past Wings

Field Level Media
03 Aug 2020, 10:40 GMT+10

A'ja Wilson posted 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Las Vegas Aces to a 79-70 win over the Dallas Wings on Sunday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The Aces had five scorers in double figures, including Lindsay Allen and Kayla McBride with 11 points apiece. Jackie Young and Dearica Hamby each scored 10 for Las Vegas (2-2).

Arike Ogunbowale led Dallas (2-2) with 20 points, making 10-of-22 shots but missing all five of her three-pointers. Still, she became the first WNBA player since Skylar Diggins-Smith in 2015 to score at least 15 points in 15 straight games.

Dallas rookie forward Satou Sabally, who was coming off a 23-point, 17-rebound effort in a 76-73 win over the Indiana Fever on Friday, was held down by Las Vegas. Sabally, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's WNBA Draft, had 10 points and six rebounds on Sunday.

Two other Wings rookie first-round picks were also kept in check as Bella Alarie had four points on 1-for-6 shooting, and Tyasha Harris scored three points.

Allen was back for Las Vegas after missing Friday's game due to an "inconclusive positive test" for COVID-19.

Las Vegas, hot early, led by 13 points before Dallas made 8-of-14 shots to close the first quarter trailing by just 24-18. Still, Las Vegas shot 60 percent from the floor in that first period, and Dallas shot just 39.1 percent, including 0-for-7 on three-pointers.

Dallas, using an 11-2 run to close the second quarter, crept just a little bit closer by halftime, closing its deficit to 42-37. Dallas shot just 30.2 percent in the first half, including 2-for-20 on three-pointers.

The Aces stretched their lead to 66-56 after three quarters, shooting 50 percent from the floor up to that point.

Las Vegas then cruised in the fourth, finishing the game with 43.5-percent shooting. The Aces were plus-10 on rebounds and held Dallas to 36.8 percent from the field, including 4-for-30 on 3-pointers.

--Field Level Media

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