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Hoops Happening: Today in women’s basketball — Monday May 7, 2018

A’ja Wilson had a dominant game over the China National Team last night. Her Las Vegas Aces have officially put the league on notice that they’re ones to watch.

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Mississippi State v South Carolina
A’ja Wilson is all smiles after her South Carolina Gamecocks defeat Mississippi State to take the 2017 NCAA Women’s Championship title on April 2, 2017 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.
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In the first day of WNBA play, A’ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces put to rest any doubts that its rookie-filled roster can’t contend with the best teams in the league. In fact, newness may be the team’s biggest strength because of the fearlessness that comes with being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Wilson finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds in her WNBA Las Vegas Aces debut.

And here are the results from all of Sunday’s preseason matchups:

Washington Mystics (90) vs. Minnesota Lynx (85)

The Mystics showed that when the majority of players get it done on both ends of the floor, the team can win. Monique Currie finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, while Myisha Hines-Allen contributed 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Also in double-digit scoring for the night were Elena Delle Donne with 11 and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 17. The high-scorer for the Lynx was Danielle Robinson with 18 points; Maya Moore did not play. Both teams had a ton of turnovers: 14 for the Mystics and 20 for the Lynx.

Atlanta Dream (78) vs. Chicago Sky (61)

Most notable about the Dream’s play was the even distribution across the stat chart, with players Elizabeth Williams, Brittany Sykes and Renee Montgomery having strong showings. Williams finished with 11 points and a team-high 7 rebounds. Montgomery, however, came up big in other categories — dishing a team-high 7 assists and grabbing a team-high 3 steals. Sykes tallied 7 points and 5 rebounds; she also shot 100% from the free-throw line.

China National Team (63) vs. Las Vegas Aces (98)

Wilson was the team’s leading scorer, with 20 points off of 72.7% shooting from the field. Tamera Young, Ivey Slaughter and Nia Coffey also contributed big on the offensive end. But the team tallied 13 turnovers for the game, with three of those rolling off the fingertips of Sydney Colson. Kelsey Plum did not play.

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