The Aces were blown out by the Sun in the first game of the WNBA Semifinals 87-62
Bradenton, FL- The Aces were shocked by the Connecticut Sun, as the Sun defeated the Aces 87-62.
In the first half, the Aces had trouble getting the ball to Aja Wilson and into the painted area.You could tell that Las Vegas needed to adjust to the zone that the Sun was playing. Alyssa Thomas defended the Aces' guards well and put a lot of pressure on the 2020 Sixth Women of the Year Dearica Hamby. Hamby was forcing up shots and had three turnovers in the half because of the staggering defense that the Sun was playing. Jasmine Thomas was having her way with the Aces, as she was getting to her spots on the floor and hitting quality shots. Thomas finished the half with 22 points and helped her team build a double digit lead against the Aces, 36-25.
In the second half, the Sun ran away with the game, as the Aces struggled to find some type of rhythm. Outside of Wilson, there wasn't another player that affected the game in a positive manner. Kayla McBride had some crucial turnovers that turned into fastbreak points for the Sun. The Aces had trouble getting back on defense. It seemed like their confidence vanished in the second quarter, as Thomas was a force to be reckoned with and never returned. The lack of energy on both sides of the ball, turnovers, and forcing up shots resulted in a loss for the Aces.
Wilson finished the game with 19 points and 9 rebounds.
Jasmine Thomas finished with 31 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds.