Aces look to overcome historic defeat to fall Mystics

Credit: Jennifer Buchanan – USA TODAY Sports

The WNBA-leading Las Vegas Aces had four long days to reflect on their historic slump at the Chicago Sky before hosting the Washington Mystics on Saturday in a chance for redemption.

Las Vegas led by 28 in its 104-95 loss to Chicago, making it the biggest comeback loss in WNBA history. The Aces dropped a franchise-record 41 points in the first quarter and shot 63% from the field in the first frame.

But it all came crashing down when the Sky went on a 59-25 run to take the lead late in the third quarter, and they didn’t give up. Chicago, the defending league champion, went on an 18-0 run in the third quarter, fueling the comeback.

The Aces (13-3) still hold the top spot in the Western Conference by 2½ games, but those types of losses can alter an entire season for a team.

Las Vegas head coach Becky Hammon is confident that this gruesome loss will have a positive effect on the future of the league’s best team.

“This one should hurt,” Hammon said. “They (the players) should lose sleep over it. I know I’m going to lose sleep over it. But eventually these things happen… I think it will end up being good for us in the long run.

Next on the schedule is Washington (11-9), which has lost two straight and three of its last four games. Since the season started 5-1, the Mystics have lost eight of 14 and are looking to turn things around.

Last time out, Washington was outplayed down the stretch in Seattle in an 85-71 loss to the Storm. The Mystics were just two points down in the fourth quarter, but Seattle finished the game on a 16-4 streak to secure the win.

Elena Delle Donne had a team-high 20 points in 29 minutes for the Mystics. She leads the team with an average of 15.3 this season.

–Field level media

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