Photo credit: @LVAces
By: Ana Kieu
The Las Vegas had hoped to wrap up their three-game homestand on a high note. The Aces hosted the lowly Atlanta Dream at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Tuesday night.
The Aces’ starting five featured Kelsey Plum, Kayla McBride, Liz Cambage, Dearica Hamby and Jackie Young.
Cambage got things started with a two-point field goal with 9:40 left in the first quarter. The Australian center continued to turn heads by knocking down a jumper just above the head of a Dream defender, making it 4-0 Aces with 9:06 left in the first.
McBride also turned heads with back-to-back three-pointers to give the Aces a 25-12 lead with 3:37 left in the first. The Aces led 27-24 at the end of the first.
The Dream, however, stormed back in the second quarter and outscored the Aces 25-16 for a 49-43 lead at the halftime break. Marie Gulich shined with three-point shots, especially her notable shot that put the Dream up 31-29 with 8:40 left in the second. The German center quietly had herself a night.
The Aces managed to outscore the Dream 27-26 at the end of the third quarter. Aces rookie guard Jackie Young was in a lot of traffic on the court, but got the job done by knocking down a jumper to help the Aces to a 85-77 lead with 5:25 left in the third. Kelsey Plum also came up clutch, knocking down jumpers of her own.
The Aces (17-9) defeated the Dream (5-20) by a final of 94-90. Hamby led all scorers with 23 points, 16 rebounds and three assists. Moreover, McBridge joined the 2,500 point club.
The Aces head to Wintrust Arena to take on the Chicago Sky on Sunday, August 18 at 3:00 p.m. PT.