Aces on brink of elimination after blowout loss, 87-60

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) shoots over Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson (22) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


By Shawn McCullough

The Aces shot just 30.9% from the field in an 87-60 loss to the Mercury in Phoenix in game three of the WNBA Semifinals.

“We just didn’t have it offensively today,” said head coach Bill Laimbeer. “Shooting 30% isn’t going to win games. We missed a lot of shots that we normally make.”

“I don’t feel like this is our team,” said center Liz Cambage. “We can’t start games 10-0.”

Cambage led the Aces with 13 points, while Dearica Hamby added 10.

A’ja Wilson went just 2 for 14 from the field.

“A’ja didn’t get on track today and neither did [Kelsey] Plum,” said Laimbeer.

The Mercury dominated the Aces on the boards, pulling down 58 rebounds, to Las Vegas’ 29.

“When you miss a lot of shots like we did, the defensive team is going to get a lot of rebounds,” said Laimbeer.

Brianna Turner led the Mercury with 23 points while pulling down 17 rebounds.

The Mercury now lead the best of five series two games to one heading into game four on Wednesday in Phoenix.

“We need to go back to playing our game,” said guard Jackie Young.

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Game Notes:

– The Mercury shot 44.3% from the field.
– Only two Aces players scored in double figures.
– The Aces went just 2 for 14 from three-point range.

Game Starters:

F – 22 A’ja Wilson
F – 3 Riquna Williams
C – 8 Liz Cambage
G – 0 Jackie Young
G – 12 Chelsea Gray

Aces Injury Report:

Angel McCoughtry—Out, right ACL

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