Rookie Wilson lead Aces to first win, 85-73 over Mystics
LAS VEGAS (AP) Rookie A’ja Wilson scored 26 points and Dearica Hamby scored 10 of her 14 points in the final four minutes to help the Aces beat the Washington Mystics 85-73 on Friday night for their first win since moving to Las Vegas.
Wilson added 12 rebounds and three blocks, both season highs. Kayla McBride and Nia Coffey had 11 points apiece and Kelsey Bone scored 10 for Las Vegas (1-4), which moved from San Antonio in the offseason.
Wilson scored six in a row for the Aces during a 15-4 run that made it 21-11 late in the first quarter and her seven consecutive points capped a 13-4 spurt that gave them a 61-45 lead with 3:28 left in the third. The Mystics scored 11 of the next 12 points – while Las Vegas went more than 5 1/2 minutes without a field goal – to pull within six before Hamby’s layup made it 64-56 going into the fourth.
Myisha Hines-Allen’s layup trimmed Washington’s deficit to 65-61 with eight minutes to play, but the Mystics got no closer. Hamby’s 3-point play pushed the lead to nine points with 3:56 remaining and her 3-pointer – just her second attempt from behind the arc this season – made it 80-69 with two minutes to go.
Monique Currie led the Mystics (5-2) with 24 points and eight rebounds. Elena Delle Donne, Washington’s leading scorer and rebounder, missed the game due to illness.