WNBA insights: Phoenix Mercury vs Las Vegas Aces at Footprint Center

Phoenix Mercury and Las Vegas Aces brought entertainment to the backyard of the Mercury. Suffice it to say, it was for the visitors as they took home a sweet victory. The final tally stood at 103-99 in favor of Las Vegas despite suffering a setback in the opening quarter. In fact, the tally was nearly replicated in the third quarter when Phoenix scored baskets for 23 points and restricted their opponent to 21 points.

Odds were initially stacked in favor of the hosts; however, they ended up landing a disappointment. Individual tally is 6-7 for Phoenix and 6-5 for Las Vegas.

The Aces are ranked 3rd in the Western Conference and 5th in general while the Mercury are positioned just below them in both categories. They have also commenced their respective streaks in the WNBA tournament.

Las Vegas defied the odds by absorbing the pressure and picking up the momentum in the second quarter. They took the tally to 42-23. The difference was positively minimized – making it convenient for them to make safer shots without any consideration. The concluding quarter fell like a piece to the puzzle. Las Vegas managed to gain a lead of 28-25.

It was more important for the Aces to win this game since they were written off in the previous three games. They will not be up against the Liberty and the Storm.

The Mercury had won the last 2 fixtures of the WNBA. Losing this game was unexpected, especially since it was being hosted within the domestic bliss.

Jackie Young scored 34 points for the winning side and A’ja Wilson kept that momentum flowing with 32 points to her name. The third highest scorer was Kelsey Plum with 16 points and 5 assists. Phoenix had several chances which they let go. Brittney Griner bagged 25 points for the board and Dianna bagged 22 points.

The Aces had little confidence to move forward. They had lost the home game against the Lynx by 100-86. The 3rd consecutive setback dropped them on the leaderboard while hitting their confidence.

Moving forward, the games to look out for are the Mystics vs. the Sky, the Lynx vs. the Sparks, and the Wings vs. the Sun.

The other two games that happened on the same day were the Fever vs. the Dream and the Wings vs. the Storm. The Fever won it by 91-84 and the Storm did the same with a 92-84 tally on the scoreboard.

The leaderboard of the WNBA is topped by the Sun followed by the Liberty from the Eastern Conference. They have a winning streak of 2 and 7 games respectively.

It is currently all smiles for the Aces; however, they still have to maintain the momentum in the upcoming games. For the Mercury, upcoming WNBA events bring a chance for redemption.

Joseph Watkins is an avid gambler and also contributes the in-depth & most recent Las Vegas casino news stories. He joins as a news-editor recently with almost two years of experience in sports news writing.

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