Jackie Young scored a season-high 25 points, A’ja Wilson added 17 points and nine rebounds and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Minnesota Lynx 93-87 on Thursday night.
Chelsea Gray scored 17 points and added seven assists for Las Vegas (5-1), while Dearica Hamby finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the young season and Kelsey Plum had 14 points.
Las Vegas never trailed, going on an 11-2 opening run with two 3s from Young and a 3 and a layup by Wilson. Plum hit a pull-up jumper to give the Aces a 13-point lead — their biggest of the game — on the opening possession of the second half.
Chelsea Gray made two free throws to make it 70-59 with 2:34 left in the third quarter.
Minnesota responded with a 10-0 spurt to pull within a point when Moriah Jefferson hit a 3 with 9:05 left to play. But the Aces’ Theresa Plaisance quickly answered with a 3-pointer and Young stole a pass. She was fouled as she drained a pull-up jumper and made the and-1 free throw to make it 76-69.
Aerial Powers led the Lynx (1-5) with a season-high 25 points. Sylvia Fowles added 20 points and 11 rebounds, Jessica Shepard had 14 points and a career-best 14 rebounds and Jefferson finished with 14 points and seven assists.
Wings defeat Mercury
Arike Ogunbowale scored a season-high 37 points, Marina Mabrey added 13 points and a career-best 10 assists and the Dallas Wings beat the Phoenix Mercury 94-84 on Thursday night.
Diana Taurasi led Phoenix (2-3) with 31 points — her 50th career game scoring at least 30 to extend her own WNBA record. She also became the first player in league history to score at least 30 points at the age of 39.
Ogunbowale made 5 of 11 from 3-point range, hit 10 of 10 from the free-throw line and had five assists. Guard Allisha Gray had 16 points and a career-high five blocks for Dallas (3-2).
Dallas took the lead for good with three minutes left in the first quarter on a Mabrey 3.
Diamond DeShields had 22 points for the Mercury, while Tina Charles finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds and Shey Peddy scored 10 points. Skylar Diggins-Smith did not play due to a non-COVID illness.