Wilson has 23 points, 14 rebounds; Aces beat Storm 82-74
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored nine of her 23 points in the second quarter as the Las Vegas pulled away for good and the Aces beat the Seattle Storm 82-74 on Saturday.
Wilson finished with 14 rebounds and two blocks. Danielle Robinson added 13 points and six assists and Angel McCoughtry scored 11 points and had 14 rebounds for Las Vegas (10-3).
Jackie Young was fouled as she hit a jumper and made the and-1 free throw to open the second quarter and spark an 11-2 run that made it 30-20 when Wilson put back a miss by Young with 5:57 left in the first half. The Aces led the rest of the way.
Breanna Stewart led Seattle (11-3) with a season-high 29 points and a career-best 18 rebounds. Natasha Howard had 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
The Storm, who lost 90-84 to the Indiana Fever on Thursday, have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Las Vegas took a 69-52 lead at the end of the third quarter but Stewart scored 10 in the fourth, including a 3-pointer that trimmed Seattle’s deficit to 75-69 with 1:15 to play but the Storm got no closer.