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  • Anthony Morrow

Aces Weathered the Storm in Dominating Fashion

It was the Jackie Young show last night as the Aces took it to the Storm in a landslide victory 96-63.

Young led all scorers without shooting a single free-throw, putting up 28 points on 12-18 shooting and 4-7 from distance. The 1st round pick would not be denied last night as the Storm played as good 1st half matching the Aces physicality in the paint and not allowing the Aces to bury them with their three-point shooting.

Going into the half, the Aces started pulling away, coach Hammond deployed her bench early giving her starters much needed breaks and the overall talent of the Aces began to overwhelm the Storm. Seattle struggled from beyond the arch, Magbegor led the team in scoring dropping 23 points to go with 11 rebounds. The supporting cast of Loyd and Dojkic both scored double figures however the bench for the Storm was non-existent scoring only 1 point in this contest.

The Aces' bench outscored the Storm bench 20-1. I asked coach Hammond about the barrage of talent she was able to deploy in this game. Hammond explained how great it is to be able to take pressure off of her starters and get good production from the second and third units. Despite the Storms defensive efforts the Aces played an efficient game having 25 assists to just 13 turnovers which is something they covet to go along with their defense. It has to be refreshing when a player like Young who stands out with the reserves and you still get great games from Plum, Wilson, Parker, and Gray combining for 48 points, 20 assists and 21 rebounds. The Aces are on a record pace this season as they move to a 9-1 record with their next game coming up at home on Sunday against the 2-7 Minnesota Lynx led by Napheesa Collier who are currently 5th in the western conference division.

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