WNBA: A’ja Wilson, Aces hand Sun second loss of season

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The WNBA-leading Connecticut Sun lost for only the second time this season on Friday, falling 85-74 to the host Las Vegas Aces, the reigning league champions.

Connecticut (13-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Sun’s only previous loss was an 82-75 decision against the visiting New York Liberty on June 8.

Las Vegas (8-6) earned its third win in four games and second consecutive victory with point guard Chelsea Gray in action.

Gray was out the first 12 games of the season with a foot injury sustained in last year’s WNBA Finals. She finished with four points and an assist in 17 minutes off the bench on Friday, but her plus-minus rating was a game-high plus-19.

A’ja Wilson led the Aces with 26 points and 16 rebounds. She extended her WNBA record to 19 consecutive regular-season games with at least 20 points dating to last season.

Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum added 18 points and four assists. Plum’s second 3-pointer with 7:57 left in the second quarter, which put the Aces ahead 28-19, was her 1,000th career field goal made.

Connecticut’s DiJonai Carrington had 19 points but shot just 5 of 15 from the field. Brionna Jones finished with 18 points, hitting 8 of 12 from the floor, and a team-high seven rebounds.

Las Vegas outscored Connecticut 25-12 in the second quarter to pull away to a 45-28 halftime lead.

Plum led the Aces in the second quarter with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field, hitting 2 of 3 from 3-point range.

Young had three assists and teammate Kiah Stokes had six rebounds in the second quarter.

Connecticut cut the difference to 57-50 with 2:34 left in the third quarter on a three-point play by Jones, but Las Vegas proceeded to score 10 unanswered points spanning the third and fourth periods to pull away.

Plum’s two free throws with 7:55 remaining put the Aces ahead 67-50.

The Sun did not get closer than 10 points the rest of the game.

–Field Level Media

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