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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A’ja Wilson scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Las Vegas Aces (8-6) handed the visiting Connecticut Sun (13-2) their second loss of the season, 85-74, on Friday night at Michelob ULTRA Arena.

Kelsey Plum added 18 points, Alysha Clark scored 11 and Kiah Stokes grabbed 10 rebounds and added 7 points.

DiJonai Carrington scored 19 points and Brionna Jones had 18 for the Sun.

Connecticut scored first, led by no more than 4 points, and was up 16-14 with 1:29 to play in the quarter. The Aces closed on a 6-0 run. The Aces shot just 33.3% from the field and Connecticut hit on 41.2% of their shots. Wilson had 6 points and 5 rebounds, while Jones scored 11 for the Sun.

After the Aces increased their lead to 28-19, the Sun scored the next 5 points to cut it to 28-23. They came no closer as the Aces outscored the Sun 17-5 over the final 6:39 of the half. Plum led the Aces with 8 points and Stokes had 4 to go with 8 boards. Alyssa Thomas scored 6 for the Sun. The Aces shot 55.6% from the field while holding the Sun to just 23.1%. The Aces outrebounded the Sun 14-5, outscored the Sun 14-4 points in the paint, and dished out 8 assists while the Sun had 2.

A 15-4 run by Connecticut helped slice into their 17-point halftime deficit and moved the visitors to within 7, 54-47, at 4:04. A Megan Gustafson free throw halted the Sun’s run, and the Aces finished the 3rd quarter by scoring 9 of the final 12 points. The Aces, who owned the glass 11-6, including 5-0 on the offensive end, scored 7 second-chance points. Wilson scored 10 points and Carrington tallied 11 for Connecticut.

The Aces went up by as many as 19 points midway into the final frame before both teams went to their benches to close it out. Plum scored 5 for the Aces and Astou Ndour-Fall had 7 for the visiting side. Each team connected on over 50% of shots from the field.


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