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    Tuesday, July 16, 2024

    A’ja Wilson has 26 points and 16 rebounds as Aces beat Sun 85-74

    Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson (22) shoots against Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

    Las Vegas — A’ja Wilson had 26 points and 16 rebounds, Kelsey Plum added 18 points and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Connecticut Sun 85-74 on Friday night, their seventh win in the last nine meetings between the teams including the 2022 WNBA Finals.

    It was Wilson's fourth game this season with 25-plus points and 15-plus rebounds — one shy of Tina Charles' WNBA record of five, set in 2021. Wilson also reached 20-plus points for the 19th straight regular-season game.

    Las Vegas (8-6) has won two straight for the first time since May 29. Connecticut (13-2), which was off to its best 14-game start in franchise history, lost for the first time in six road contests this season.

    Las Vegas' double-digit lead was trimmed to seven points midway through the third quarter, but the Aces closed on a 9-3 run for a 63-50 lead. They opened the fourth on a 7-3 run to make it 70-53.

    Alysha Clark added 11 points off the bench for Las Vegas. Kiah Stokes grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Aces dominate the glass 42-29.

    DiJonai Carrington scored 11 of her 19 points in the third quarter and Brionna Jones added 18 for Connecticut. Alyssa Thomas, who was called for her fourth foul with 3:27 left in the third, finished with six points and seven assists. DeWanna Bonner, averaging a team-high 17.5 points per game, was held to six points on 2-of-10 shooting.

    Jones and Tyasha Harris were the only two Connecticut players to score in the first quarter as the Sun trailed 20-16. Jones scored 11 points in the opening 10 minutes but didn’t score in the second quarter. The Aces extended their lead to 45-28 by halftime.

    Connecticut Sun forward Brionna Jones (42) drives between Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson and guard Tiffany Hayes (15) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) drives against Las Vegas Aces center Megan Gustafson (17) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
    Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) grabs a rebound over Las Vegas Aces center Megan Gustafson (17) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
    Connecticut Sun guard Tyasha Harris (52) drives past Las Vegas Aces center Megan Gustafson (17) and guard Jackie Young (0) during the first half of an WNBA basketball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
    Las Vegas Aces guard Tiffany Hayes (15) and Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) and center Kiah Stokes (41) jump for a rebound during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
    Connecticut Sun coach Stephanie White calls out to players during the first half of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Las Vegas Aces on Friday, June 21, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

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