BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 29 functions, seven rebounds and a profession-high seven blocks to book the tip-seeded Las Vegas Aces past the Connecticut Sun 83-75 on Tuesday evening to even the very top-of-five playoff series at 1-1.
Wilson converted a three-level play with 1: 03 closing to ruin a tie at 75. After Connecticut’s 17th turnover of the game, Wilson drove to the basket yet again, bobbled it and made the layup whereas being fouled. She overlooked the free throw, however Angel McCoughtry grabbed the rebound and Dearica Hamby made 1 of 2 free throws for an eight-level lead.
“We were going to win this sport. I didn’t are in search of to be down 2-0,” Wilson mentioned of her mindset down the stretch. “Bought to get ideas to salvage it happen. Tried my easiest to provide it.”
DeWanna Bonner led Connecticut with 23 functions and 7 rebounds, and Briann January added 20 functions. Alyssa Thomas, averaging 15.5 functions and nine rebounds, left the game in the first quarter after injuring her fair appropriate shoulder and didn’t return.
Connecticut coach Curt Miller mentioned he didn’t know what Thomas’ region was for the the relaxation of the series.
“I could discover more,” he mentioned. “Dislocated shoulder is the rumor that’s floating all over the bench, however it’s no longer confirmed.”
Thomas returned to the bench dull in the fourth quarter alongside with her arm in a sling.
Jasmine Thomas, who scored a profession-high 31 functions in Game 1, was held to 10 functions.
Las Vegas coach Invoice Laimbeer is 5-1 in his last six playoff series when losing first sport and is now 9-1 in the subsequent playoff sport after his crew loses by double digits.
McCoughtry, Hamby and Kayla McBride each added 11 functions for Las Vegas. It was Wilson’s 16th sport with 20-plus functions this season.