No coach, no problem.
Our defending WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces opened the regular season in fine fashion last Saturday, beating the Storm in Seattle 105-64. In case you’re no good at mental math, that’s a 41 point victory!
The Aces were without head coach Becky Hammon, who got suspended by the WNBA for the first two games of the season after their investigation into the Dearica Hamby situation. Assistant coach Tyler Marsh took over for the Aces’ first regular season game and the team didn’t miss a beat.
Six players scored in double figures for Vegas led by guards Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young with 23 points apiece. Aces’ newcomers chipped in as well; Candace Parker started and tallied 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and three blocked shots and Alysha Clark came of the bench to score 10 points. A’ja Wilson dominated inside for the Aces with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Chelsea Gray supplied 14 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Aces’ 41 point margin of victory was a new WNBA record.
The Aces continue play on Thursday when they travel to L.A. to play the Sparks and then return home for a rematch with the Sparks on Saturday at 7pm at Michelob Ultra Arena.
On Thursday the Aces will be coached by assistant Natalie Nakase. Hammon will return to the bench on Saturday for the team’s home opener.
We are predicting early that our Aces will repeat as WNBA champs…and maybe this time they’ll get a bigger parade!