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Aces pull away as Fever fade

Field Level Media
12 Aug 2020, 11:40 GMT+10

Angel McCoughtry led six Las Vegas players in double figures Tuesday night with 20 points as the Aces pulled away from the Indiana Fever in the second half of a 98-79 win in Bradenton, Fla.

McCoughtry, who shot 9 of 10 from the field, was joined by Jackie Young (17 points), Kayla McBride (15), Dearica Hamby (13), A'ja Wilson (12) and Danielle Robinson (10). In winning its fifth straight game, Las Vegas (6-2) drilled 52 percent of its field-goal tries and won the rebounding battle 37-31 while committing just nine turnovers.

Candice Dupree paced Indiana (3-5) with 20 points while Tiffany Mitchell added 14. Teaira McCowan scored 12 points and Kelsey Mitchell netted 11. The Fever fell off drastically in the second half, managing just 20 points. They appeared to run out of gas in the fourth quarter, getting outscored 17-7.

McBride knocked down a 20-footer just past the halfway point of the third quarter to give the Aces the lead for good at 70-68. That was the start of a 13-4 run that finished the period. Young converted a pullup jumper in the lane with 1.3 seconds remaining for an 81-72 advantage.

Indiana didn't make a field goal in the game's last 4:13 and managed only one point in that span.

The first half was all about offense. The teams combined for the most points in any half in a WNBA game this year (119), and their shooting percentages were each better than 65 percent at one point.

Las Vegas opened up a 29-23 lead at the 1:47 mark of the first quarter when Hamby converted a hook shot in the lane, but Indiana chipped away at the deficit. McCowan's layup with 3.9 seconds remaining cut the Aces' advantage to 33-31.

It was more back-and-forth scoring in the second quarter, although Las Vegas upped its margin to 47-41 at one point. The Fever grabbed a 55-53 edge on Dupree's three-point play with 1:48 remaining, but the Aces rallied to take a 60-59 lead into the locker room.

--Field Level Media

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