The Las Vegas Aces held the Seattle Storm to 25 percent shooting and just 27 points in the second half en route to a 79-62 win on Tuesday night. The Aces won the season series 2-1 over the Storm, ending Seattle’s four-game winning streak.
The Aces had all five starters get into double figures, led by Dearica Hamby’s 24 points. Hamby got her second straight start in place of the injured A’ja Wilson. Liz Cambage finished with her third straight double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and added three blocks.
The Aces forced the Storm to commit 19 turnovers and converted them into 20 points. The Aces also owned the paint, outscoring the Storm 28-16.
However, the Aces would probably like to have seen more production from their second-chance opportunities. Although Las Vegas had 15 offensive boards, they only mustered 11 second-chance points.
Alysha Clark and Natasha Howard* tied for the Storm scoring lead with 13 points apiece, but combined for 9-of-27 shooting. Jewell Loyd scored 12 points in her second game back from injury, playing 19 minutes off the bench.
The Aces have had the Storm’s number this season, holding them to 30 percent shooting and 62.3 points in their three matchups. Against all opponents, Seattle shoots 41 percent from the field and scores nearly 75 points a contest.
Both teams are headed for a well-deserved break with All-Star Weekend starting on Friday, July 26. Seattle will take the court again on August 2 against Washington. The Aces will welcome the Wings to town on June 30.
Swish Appeal is aware of the domestic violence allegations against Natasha Howard. You can find more information here: https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/storm/storms-natasha-howard-denies-domestic-abuse-allegations-accuses-wife-of-stabbing-her-and-taking-nearly-600000/