The Morning After: Las Vegas Aces vs. Seattle Storm

A recap of the Las Vegas Aces vs. Seattle Storm game on June 19, 2018.

Las Vegas Aces vs. Seattle Storm 06-19-18 (Aces won, 89-77).

Holy ****.

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Pardon my language, but...holy ****. That’s the most visceral reaction I have after watching the Las Vegas Aces stomp the Seattle Storm (yes, you read that correctly) 89-77 in Seattle. I guarantee that this is a similar reaction across the Sea-Tac area at this time.

Let’s discuss.

Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number

Rookie A’ja B.Wilson. The “B” stands for “Buckets”. 25 points. 16 rebounds. 6 assists (9 points and 5 rebounds in the first 4 minutes of the game).

Rookie Ji-Su Park. 19 years old. 6 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal.

Do the math: they both combined for 27 rebounds.

As Forrest Gump would say, 

O-Kay

Kayla McBuckets McBride (17 points, 2 assists) did Kayla things and took it right to the rim, much to the chagrin of her former Notre Dame teammate Jewel Loyd. I mean, she was straight up bullying folks to get to the basket, and I’m here for all of it.  She is such an integral part of this team; it can’t be stated enough. Her fearlessness is contagious, and this team needs as much of that as possible.

I Go To Work

Tamera Young brought that veteran heat to the fourth quarter. She scored 9 straight points and was instrumental in the 17-4 run that put the Aces up double digits with 3:41 left in the game. She was stopping and popping and Seattle had no answer. She dropped 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists. #YoungieSZN

Don’t You Forget About Me

Though the stats sheets don’t really reflect it, Dearica Hamby (4 points, 4 rebounds), Lindsay Allen (2 points), Jamie Nared (4 points, 1 steal), Kelsey Bone (4 points, 1 rebound), Nia Coffey (8 points, 1 steal), and Kelsey Plum (2 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal) had significant effects on the game. Even if they didn’t score a lot, their very presence disrupted Seattle’s flow and helped the Aces win.

Do It For the “D”

The Aces came out swinging on the defensive end and kept the pressure on the Storm to perform. They managed to keep the ball out of Breanna Stewart’s hands a lot more than she or her team liked, and forced Seattle to take both last-minute shots (they had quite a few shot-clock violations, courtesy of Las Vegas) and off-kilter shots.

I’m Building Me A Home

Las Vegas outrebounded the Storm 25-15. They had a total of 48 rebounds (Seattle only had 28). The Aces could build houses with all those boards. Home Depot and Lowe’s, watch your back.

The Best Things In Life Are Free

The Aces were 17/22 from the free throw line. Seattle was 15/19. 

Oops Upside Your Head

In what was a VERY physical game, the Aces literally took it to the Seattle Storm. Jewell Loyd got hit in the eye during the first quarter. Karima Mosqueda-Lewis got popped in the face--twice. Perhaps upcoming Vegas opponents should invest in face guards.

Up Next

New York Liberty at Las Vegas Aces

Friday, June 22, 10:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

Tina Charles willed the Liberty to a much-needed 79-72 victory over a depleted Atlanta Dream on Tuesday. The Aces beat New York handily (78-63) on their home court on June 13, so expect some vengeance-seeking from the visitors.

Still, the Aces will be at home and fresh off the confidence-building win over one of the top teams in the league. Things should get interesting, especially since the Liberty will rely so heavily on Charles.

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