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Mark Davis Puts A Ring On It: Aces dominate memorial day weekend

Even though it not medieval times and there are no bipolar creatures lurking in the shadows, the Las Vegas Aces shared a precious moment receiving their championship rings to celebrate their crowned achievement of winning their first WNBA title last season.

Mark Davis, despite the criticisms he receives for his football team's lack of success, has brought the first title to the state of Nevada. The building was electric as expected, the hardware aka the WNBA championship trophy was on display along with the 11 carat 561 total diamonds championship rings. It was only right to have one of the crowned queens of R&B soul Anita Baker sing the national anthem. But, now the job begins, Saturday May 27th, as the Aces hosted the Los Angeles Sparks in a rematch of the May 25th game vs the Sparks. The Sparks were short in Saturday's game, missing their three veteran players in Chiney Ogwumike, Layshia Clarendon, and Jordin Canada.

Las Vegas got going early with their defense, three point shooting, and getting to the line. Aja Wilso, who is an All star MVP ended the 1st quarter with a steal and a mid range shot at the buzzer to give the Aces a 31-13 lead going into the 2nd quarter.

From the beginning of the second quarter, their defense continued to smother the Sparks, the Aces were getting great looks in transition, Plum and Gray were pushing the tempo, Aja Wilson was phenomenal defending the paint and running the floor with Jackie Young. It must have been nice to have a future hall of famer in Candace Parker anchor the defense and spread the floor knocking down 3’s to help bury the Sparks with a comfortable win 93-65.

The Aces turned in a dominant performance, displaying their championship caliber reminiscent of the Golden State Warriors record breaking 2015-16 season with 73 wins. After turning over the ball 20 times in Los Angeles the Aces managed to put together a much more efficient game tonight with just 11 turnovers and 25 assists.

We move to Sunday May 28th as Aces took on the 0-3 Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx came in e after a tough loss vs the Phoenix Mercury were looking to spoil the weekend long party hosted by the Aces. Aces picked up where they left off against the Sparks as the defense continued it reign of terror causing 13 turnovers, 9 of which were steals and tallied up 7 blocks at which the Aces at one point lead the game by 24 points. Napheesa Collier, Tiffany Mitchell, Jessica Shepard, and Diamond Miller lead the charge for Lynx, but the Aces were too much as the had another great assist to turnover ratio with 25 assist to just 10 turnovers the Aces put together a very efficient weekend totaling 50 assists to just 21 turnovers.

Las Vegas had 5 players in double figures despite a tough shooting night for Candace Parker who shot 1 of 9 from the field. Parker still contributed on the defensive end with two steals a block and eight rebounds. Chelsea Gray finished with 19 points. The Aces ended their memorial day weekend winning big defeating the Minnesota Lynx 94-73.

Las Vegas will be traveling to Atlanta to face the 1-2 Dream who have yet to win a home game thus far on Saturday June 2nd at 5pm pacific.

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