WNBA Wrap: Aces trump Sparks
In what many have predicted as being the potential WNBA finals matchup the Los Vegas Aces took on the Los Angeles Spark on Sunday night in their season opener, and without their latest addition Liz Cambage, won the game 83-70.
Dearica Hamby, who resigned with the Aces to a three-year contract, came off the bench to get a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double.
A'ja Wilson, last year's Rookie of the Year, also had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Kayla McBride and Kelsey Plum added 20 points and 11, respectively, for the Aces, while Jackie Young, the top overall draft pick, scored eight points.
The Sparks, who were without two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker, were led by Maria Vadeeva, who had 24 points and five rebounds. Nigerian-American forward Nneka Ogwumike put up a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Wilson and Carolyn Swords held it down in the paint for the Las Vegas squad, and Hamby's impressive play managed to outdo the Sparks in her 27 minutes on the floor.
The Aces did struggle to get going early in the game and quickly fell behind 17-12. The team then went on a 13-2 run, sparked by a pair of three-pointers from McBride.
The team’s momentum spread to the second quarter and saw the Las Vegas squad outscore Los Angeles, 18-8.
The Sparks didn't convert a field goal in the second stanza until the 5:16 mark, as Las Vegas opened the quarter with a 9-0 run.
Once the Aces got going, they were hard to slow down and the score was 45-31 at the half. The squad from Nevada would eventually win the game by 13 points.