In a game which was highlighted by who was not playing, Tamera Young shone with 23 points.
In A’ja Wilson’s first game, where she incidentally collected a double-double, Tamera Young was the offensive focal point of the team. The Las Vegas Aces were without Moriah Jefferson, Kelsey Plum, Kayla McBride and Isabelle Harrison, pretty much their entire starting five.
Young scored the first Aces points of the season on a tough contested jumper which resulted in an and-one. Young and the rest of the youthful Aces were able to stick with the Connecticut Sun for the first quarter, going into the first break just four points behind 25-21. Unfortunately they would be outscored 76-44 for the rest of the game.
Young was the only player who appeared to be able to get into the open for good shots. For the game Young’s effective field goal percent was 53.6 percent. Her true shooting percentage was 65.6 percent.
Young has made a career as a defender. She has never averaged more than 8.5 points per game for her career. She started well for the Chicago Sky last year offensively but could not keep it up.
In the first eleven games Young scored in double figures nine times. Unfortunately this would only result in two wins for the Sky.
However, Young was one of the shining lights for the Aces today. The only other players with a positive P.I.E. were A’ja Wilson, Lindsay Allen and JiSu Park.
Unfortunately for Young and the Aces they ran into a Connecticut Sun team which were totally on point and showed why they have been considered a championship contender since last season.
It is important to remember, this is not the team that the Aces want to put out onto the floor. They have stars to come into the team and will be much more competitive when they have their full team back.