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WNBA: Aces set franchise scoring record in win over Fever

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A’ja Wilson scored 13 of her 23 points during a dominant first quarter and the host Las Vegas Aces went on to set a franchise record for points in a 113-77 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday night.

Dearica Hamby came off the bench to score a game-high 25 points, Chelsea Gray added 19 points and 12 assists, Riquna Williams scored 18, Liz Cambage had 12 and Jackie Young 10 as the Aces (4-2) rolled to a 17-point lead at the end of the first quarter and were never seriously threatened.

Tiffany Mitchell scored 17, Kelsey Mitchell and Teaira McCowan had 13 each and Victoria Vivians 12 to lead the Fever, who dropped to 1-6 after the opener of a five-game road trip. They face Las Vegas again Sunday.

The Aces saw a 26-point second-quarter lead shrink to 12 at halftime, but Gray scored seven points during a 12-2 run to start the third quarter that put them back in command. They led 87-58 at the end of the third quarter.

The Fever scored the first two points of the game before the Aces set the tone by scoring the next eight points.

Indiana pulled within 15-9 before Wilson scored the final five points during an 11-0 Las Vegas run.

Jessica Breland’s layup ended the Fever’s scoring drought, but the Aces extended the lead. Wilson’s three-point play gave Las Vegas a 30-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, as she matched Indiana’s point total in the period while Gray had seven assists.

McCowan made a free throw to start the second-quarter scoring, but the Aces went on another run.

Gray and Williams each made a 3-pointer, and Las Vegas led by 26 on two occasions before Indiana turned things around.

Tiffany Mitchell scored 13 points and McCoy had eight during a 25-9 Fever run. Wilson’s two free throws pushed the Aces’ lead to 59-47 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

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