Aces dominate Mercury to improve to 11-1 on season

The Las Vegas Aces improve to 11-1 on the season after a dominant 99-79 road win against the Phoenix Mercury.

The Las Vegas Aces improve to 11-1 on the season after a dominant 99-79 road win against the Phoenix Mercury.

Jackie Young led the way for the Aces with 23 points, while Kelsey Plum scored 21, A’ja Wilson had 20, and Chelsea Gray added 11. 

Sug Sutton led the Mercury with 21 points, followed by Sophie Cunningham with 14 and Moriah Jefferson with 12. For the third straight game, Phoenix was without Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi.

Jackie Young had a dominant performance in the first quarter, scoring 14 points while shooting 5-7 from the field and 3-4 from three-point range. The Aces finished out the first quarter on a run of 13-2 to build a double digit lead of 32-19.The Aces shot  6-10 from three-point range in the first quarter, while the Mercury shot just 1-7 from the field.

“I think the biggest thing for me is having an aggressive mindset it does not matter how much work I put in if I am not right mentally” Young said. “So I think thats thats just the biggest thing just making sure my mental is good and coming in with an aggressive mindset.”

The Mercury would get off to a scorching start to begin the second quarter, hitting six of their first seven shots to cut the Aces lead to eight points. This would be as close as the Mercury would get as the Aces defense would go on to hold the Mercury to 3-17 shooting for the rest of the quarter. The Aces would finish the first half leading by 17, 57-40, and they would have three starters in double figures with Jackie Young leading the way with 16.

The Aces would keep their foot on the gas pedal in the second half never letting the Mercury come within single digits with the largest lead being 29 in the fourth quarter. The Aces won the rebounding battle 32-26 and the turnover battle, forcing 13 Mercury turnovers and scored 17 points off turnovers. In addition, the Aces finished the game 11-23 from three while holding the Mercury to 5-20. Jackie Young ended with a career-high five three-pointers for the Aces, who have now won four straight games.

“I just try to get better every year” Young said. “I spend a lot of time in Vegas in the offseason working out with the assistants and we obviously worked on my three just making sure we are getting that consistent and finishing at the rim.”

The Aces will return to Las Vegas for a five-game homestand beginning on Saturday at 6 p.m. against the Indiana Fever.