The Washington Mystics almost found out the hard way that teams like the Las Vegas Aces who have nothing to lose are very dangerous.
I say that this Las Vegas Aces team has nothing to lose. There are players on this team like Nia Coffey who are auditioning for bigger roles this season but when the stars come back the Aces are going to be a different team.
A’ja Wilson is the number one pick of last draft and tonight she went up against one of the best to ever play the game. At the start of the night, Wilson was able to go toe to toe with Elena Delle Donne but the superstar would eventually outplay the star rookie. Delle Donne had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Wilson was good, don’t get me wrong. Her defense was anything but that of a rookie. She also put some good moves on the Mystics, collecting 16 points and eight rebounds. She has a really bright future in this league.
Tamera Young continued her good start to the season by scoring 13 points while collecting three rebounds and three steals. Lindsay Allen has also played well, tonight collecting eight points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals. She may be playing herself into a back up point guard role when the rest of the team comes back.
The bench did not get many minutes against the Mystics. It appears that Bill Laimbeer is giving his younger players a chance to shine before the return of Kelsey Plum, Kayla McBride, Isabelle Harrison and Moriah Jefferson.
Jaime Nared had a bench high 15 minutes where she scored seven points and collect three rebounds. Dearica Hamby had another small game with only seven minutes. She only was able to collect two rebounds, one assist and one steal. This is strange as I thought she should have been in consideration for sixth woman of the year last year.