The legend of Chelsea Gray continues to grow. A week and a half since being named to Team USA’s Olympic team and just a couple days removed from hitting a clutch, last second jumper against the Seattle Storm, Gray continued her streak of clutch performances as the Aces survived a pesky LA Sparks team, 66-58.
Gray, who finished with 14 points on the night, seemingly did it all for Vegas down the stretch, setting up A’ja Wilson, maintaining her patented defensive intensity, and sinking mid-range jumpers from all over the court.
The Aces came into the contest leading the league in team scoring, but their offensive efficiency was nowhere to be found on Saturday night. Shooting under 40% from the field and hitting just two threes, it was an uncharacteristically quiet night offensively for the league’s top team.
“We just missed shots. A lot of shots that we normally get, they just didn’t go in tonight” said head coach Bill Laimbeer postgame. “We made some big plays down the stretch but I gotta give credit to Los Angeles. They made a very fine effort tonight.”
“We executed things so well, we were getting great shots, but the shots just weren’t going in”, A’ja Wilson said, projecting a similar mindset as her coach. “They were uncontested, there was just a lid on the goal.”
Offensive struggles aside, Chelsea Gray still seemed to will this team to victory, a trend that’s become more and more common as the season rolls on. Bill Laimbeer summed it up perfectly.
“Down the stretch, Chelsea Gray made some big plays. That’s why we got her.”
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The Aces now travel back home to take on the Atlanta Dream on Sunday. The game marks the first time the two will meet this season with tipoff set for 3:00pm PT / 6:00pm EST.