Las Vegas, NV– Rookie center A’ja Wilson posted 29 points on 50% shooting with four assists and nine rebounds as the Las Vegas Aces (6-11) defeated the Los Angeles Sparks (11-6) on the second night of back-to-back games.
Aces first year point guard Kelsey Plum added 14 points five assists and nine rebounds on 57% shooting, 66% from behind the line in an effort to off set the Sparks perimeter attack.
Los Angeles was again without the services of their leading scorer and rebounder forward Nneka Ogwumike.
The Sparks lead early as the Aces intended to set the pace offensively through transition and quick ball movement as well as physical defensive pressure closing out the first quarter on a 14-2 run.
The Aces lead at the half 44-37 from a versatile attack including several contributions from the bench.
Candice Parker seemed to struggle with the Aces aggressive play as she only scored seven points on 27% shooting with six rebounds and five personal fouls. Chelsea Gray added 22 points (16 in the first half) as she combined with Odyssey Sims on 7-10 shooting from behind the line in order to keep the contest within striking distance.
Shooting guard Kayla McBride carried the Aces through the third quarter scoring seven of her 12 points. Las Vegas ended the third quarter leading the Sparks 73-62.
The fourth quarter was more of the same as Wilson helped finish off Los Angeles shooting 4-5 in the final period beating the Sparks 94-78.
The Sparks will have another shot at the Aces in front of their home crowd at the Staple Center in Los Angeles on July 1st.