Aces unable to slow down Storm, fall 104-91; Seattle leads series 2-0

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By Shawn McCullough 

The Seattle Storm shot 57.1% from the field and dished out a WNBA Finals record 33 assists in a 104-91 win over the Las Vegas Aces at the IMG Bubble in Bradenton, FL.

“They are a very fine basketball team,” said head coach Bill Laimbeer.  “They made the plays when they had to make the plays and they got some good performances from some of their players.”

WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson led the Aces with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Emma Cannon came off the bench and scored 17.

“We need to take care of the basketball,” said Wilson.  “If we communicate and take care of the basketball, we are right there.”

The Aces turned the ball over 15 times in the game.

Three Storm players finished with over 20 points: Breanna Stewart (22), Alysha Clark (21), Natasha Howard (21).

“That’s why they’re at where they’re at,” said Laimbeer.  “Everybody knew coming into this that they had a full contingent with quality players.”

Down 2-0 in the best of five game, the Aces have their backs against the wall heading into game three on Tuesday.

“It ain’t over,” said Laimbeer.  “We have been in win or go home now twice, we are 2-0 and we expect to be 3-0.”

Las Vegas Aces –

Game Notes:

  • The Aces shot 52% from the field.
  • Las Vegas was eight for 19 from three-point range.
  • The Aces out-rebounded the Storm, 34-26.

Game Starters:

F – 22 A’ja Wilson
F – 35 Angel McCoughtry
C – 4 Carolyn Swords
G – 21 Kayla McBride
G – 3 Danielle Robinson

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