Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson scores 53 factors, ties WNBA single-game file

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Certainly one of basketball’s greatest superstars almost set a file.

Las Vegas Aces ahead A’ja Wilson (22) reacts after making a basket in opposition to the Los Angeles Sparks through the first half of a WNBA basketball sport Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, in Las Vegas. Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Solar through AP

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — A’ja Wilson matched the WNBA file for factors in a sport with 53 because the Las Vegas Aces beat the short-handed Atlanta Dream 112-100 on Tuesday night time.

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Wilson equaled the file set on July 17, 2018 by Dallas’ Liz Cambage. Riquna Williams was the one different WNBA participant to prime 50, scoring 51 for Tulsa on Sept. 8, 2013.

“My teammates saved giving me the basketball in my areas and I simply needed to return the favor,” Wilson stated in an on-court interview. “They tried so exhausting to get me the ball, and it’s not straightforward. I believe we simply tightened up on the defensive finish and it helped our offense circulate.”

Wilson had 51 factors when was fouled with 51.3 seconds remaining within the fourth quarter and made each free throws. She completed 16 of 23 from the sphere and 20 of 21 on the free-throw line.

Wilson, the 2020 league MVP, is averaging 22.3 factors this season, third within the league behind Seattle Jewell Loyd and New York’s Breanna Stewart.

Kelsey Plum added 20 factors and Chelsea Grey had 16 factors, 12 assists and 9 rebounds for league-best Las Vegas (29-4), which is in search of a second straight title. The Aces reached 100-plus factors for the ninth time this season.

Las Vegas led 56-55 at halftime. Wilson had 22 factors and Atlanta guard Rhyne Howard scored 21 earlier than the break. The Aces went 20 of 21 from the free-throw line and the Dream made all 17 makes an attempt within the half. The groups completed with a mixed 69 free-throw makes an attempt.

Howard completed with 27 factors and Haley Jones added 23 for Atlanta (16-17). Danielle Robinson had 17 factors, with 11 coming on the free-throw line. Allisha Grey, averaging a team-high 17.5 factors per sport, didn’t play because of an ankle damage.