Aces move to top of AP WNBA power poll with win over Storm

Las Vegas is on a roll, successful 9 of its 10 video games in August

Las Vegas is a on roll, successful 9 of its 10 video games in August.

Buoyed by way of a powerful protection, the Aces moved to the highest of the Related Press WNBA energy ballot Tuesday, passing Seattle. The Typhoon had held the highest spot within the ballot all season lengthy till two consecutive losses closing week dropped them a place to No. 2.

Las Vegas got here into the season short-handed with Kelsey Plum injuring her Achilles’ tendon and Liz Cambage getting medically excused as a result of she used to be at upper possibility for primary sickness if she reduced in size the coronavirus. Invoice Laimbeer’s staff nonetheless had A’ja Wilson, who has been enjoying like an MVP candidate and a wholesome Angel McCoughtry, who overlooked closing season with a knee harm when she performed for Atlanta.

The pair have helped Las Vegas be environment friendly on offense and keep an eye on the forums. The Aces are main the league in rebounds at 37.1 a recreation and best giving up 31.Four a competition — 3rd perfect within the WNBA.

The Aces even have performed a emblem of smash-mouth basketball. They do not take a large number of 3s — Las Vegas takes best 10 a recreation. the bottom by way of some distance within the league. However what the Aces do is assault the basket and get to the loose throw line, the place they shoot simply over 23 a recreation.

POWER POLL

This week’s WNBA ballot:

1. Las Vegas (10-Three): Danielle Robinson has equipped a activate the bench for the Aces. The veteran guard averaged 11 issues and 8 assists prior to now two video games.

2. Seattle (11-Three): Sue Fowl has overlooked the previous couple of video games with a flare up of the bone bruise in her left knee that she injured early this season. The Typhoon hope to have her again quickly.

Three. Los Angeles (10-Three): Seven directly victories has vaulted the Sparks up the standings. Stellar play from Candace Parker has been an enormous explanation why for the surge.

Four. Chicago (10-Four): The Sky had been bitten by way of the harm worm in recent years with Azura Stevens (left knee soreness) and Diamond Deshields (bone bruise, thigh) lacking the previous few video games. Courtney Vandersloot has stepped up of their absence, averaging 19 issues, 11.Three assists and three.Three rebounds over the staff’s closing 3 video games — all wins.

Five. Minnesota (Nine-Four): With Sylvia Fowles out indefinitely with a calf harm, the Lynx want to a staff effort to make up for her rebounding and defensive presence.

6. Phoenix (7-7): Brittney Griner left the WNBA bubble for private causes and its unknown if or when she’ll go back. With out their 6-foot-Eight middle the Mercury have performed extra small ball with guards Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Bria Hartley enjoying in combination.

7. Connecticut (6-Eight): The Solar completed a brutal a part of their agenda with 10 video games in 19 days going 6-Four. Now with somewhat extra leisure they are going to attempt to make a push for the playoffs.

Eight. Indiana (Five-Eight): Julie Allemand has performed herself into rookie of the yr conversations with an outstanding first season. She’s averaging Eight.2 issues and Five.Five assists — 2nd perfect within the league. If she continues to play smartly the staff may make its first postseason look in a couple of years.

Nine. Dallas (Five-Nine): The Wings misplaced Moriah Jefferson (knee) and Isabelle Harrison (ankle) for the season and are going to want to have a few of their younger avid gamers step up of their absence. The excellent news is that Satou Sabally returned from lacking a couple of video games with a again ailment.

10. Washington (Four-Nine): Myisha Hines-Allen has been a significant brilliant spot for the Mystics this season averaging 16.2 issues and eight.Four rebounds. She had an enormous 35-point 12-rebound recreation move to waste in a loss to Dallas.

11. Atlanta (Three-11): The Dream in the end ended a 10-game skid with a victory over Minnesota Even higher information is that Chennedy Carter has been warming up with the staff prior to video games and might go back quickly from her ankle harm,

12. New York (1-12): The Liberty did get some just right information this week that No. 1 select Sabrina Ionescu may not want surgical treatment on her ankle after struggling a Grade Three sprain.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Candace Parker earned participant of the week honors after serving to Los Angeles win all 3 of its video games this week. She averaged 18.Three issues, 11.7 rebounds and Five assists for the Sparks. Different avid gamers receiving votes incorporated A’ja Wilson of Las Vegas and Courtney Vandersloot of Chicago.

HONORING KOBE

Diana Taurasi venerated Kobe Bryant one of the best ways she may at the Corridor of Famer’s 42nd birthday Sunday evening.

The Phoenix Mercury superstar scored a season-high 34 issues whilst dressed in a No. Eight jersey with “Bryant” at the again within the staff’s victory over the Washington Mystics.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Aces vs Typhoon, Thursday. A rematch of the highest two groups within the league with the Aces taking a look to protected the tiebreaker between them with a victory.

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