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Recap: Wilson, Aces defeat Mystics on road, even season series

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A pivotal fourth quarter and a career night for Sydney Colson were deciding factors as Las Vegas won 85-81 and increased its lead in the standings.

Las Vegas Aces v Washington Mystics
A’ja Wilson scored 17 points to lead the Aces over the Mystics.
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Just days after the Mystics and Aces were forced to suspend play due to a nearby earthquake, the two teams were back at it, this time in Washington, D.C. Although the Mystics were without Elena Delle Donne, who missed her second straight game with a nasal fracture, Washington was still able to keep the game close. But the Aces eventually prevailed 85-81.

Las Vegas was led by its usual workhorses. A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage combined to score 30 points (though it took them 30 total field goal attempts to do so) and Kayla McBride made several key plays down the stretch.

It was the play of reserve point guard Sydney Colson, however, that stood out. She scored a career-high 17 points, recorded 4 steals and got to the free throw line 11 times, fueling the Aces on both ends of the floor. Her plus/minus of +15 was also a game-high.

The Mystics, meanwhile, had all of their starters score in double figures, though their bench was unable to keep pace with Colson and company. Emma Meesseman returned from EuroBasket to score 15 points and grab 7 rebounds. LaToya Sanders recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Ultimately, though, Washington was unable to generate enough offense from the three-point line, shooting just 7-of-28 from deep. Tianna Hawkins, Aerial Powers and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough combined to shoot 1-of-8 from three off the bench.

The season series between the two teams is now knotted at one victory apiece. The Aces’ victory pushed them 1.5 games ahead of Washington for No. 1 overall in the standings.

Up next

The Aces are off until Friday, when they travel to Seattle to take on the Storm in an NBA TV matchup. The Mystics will also be off until Friday; they’ll head to Indiana next, playing the Fever on CBS Sports Network.